Mathematics: We will begin the year with our whole numbers unit. This will include an review of place value, including an exploration up to the millions and billions. As part of this unit we will compare and order numbers up to the millions, represent numbers in expanded form, develop an understanding of great than and less than, and rounding, compatible numbers, and estimation.
Language Arts: Mrs. Penner will be teaching reading and Ms. Ackerman will be teaching writing.
In writing, we will be beginning the year with a 'Letter to the Teacher'. This will help me understand more about your child and their world. Following this, we will be doing a writing project called 'Awesome Writing'. This project is introduced by reading many sample from The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha. In this book, the writers focus on the smallest moment of awesomeness and describe it in great detail. Our goal as writers will be to focus on a small moment, just like in the book, and refine our writing skills to add detail that fits and makes sense.
Reading is separated into two levels of instruction: whole group and small group. We will begin the year with a focus on the comprehension strategy Big Idea. We will read two picture books in great detail in order to refine our reading comprehension skills. As well, we will sort students into groups based on their reading level and use of reading strategies. Once students are sorted, we will begin our small reading groups.
Social Studies: Ms. Ackerman will be teaching Social Studies.
Science: Mrs. Penner will be teaching Science. We will begin the year with developing an understanding of the scientific process, solutions, and solubility. This is a super fun unit because we get to do all kinds of experiments! The final project for this unit is for students to create their own experiment related to solutions and solubility using the scientific process.
French: Mrs. Penner will be teaching French this year. We will be starting the year off by learning the French alphabet.
Spelling: Our spelling program is somewhat less traditional compared to other classrooms. Students are given the opportunity to do word work during class time. They will have access to many different word sorts, have a choice of activity to practice those words, and move through sorts based on their own unique needs. There will not be spelling words going home each week, as well, there will not be a test at the end of the week. Our approach is research based and has come with much success.