Thursday, October 2, 2014

Circle Letter 10/01/2014

October 2, 2014

Dear Families,
        It has been a wonderful beginning to October and a fast week for us here at school.   We have had an interesting week of Earth and Geography Study.  This week, while we continue our continent research, we have also included a study of land formations.   A most interesting one we have come across is an “isthmus”… mostly because we like having it roll off our tongues.  Not sure what an isthmus is? … ask your kiddo!   We also will begin making the base for our Earth globes and are getting ready to paper mache next week.  We would love parent volunteers for this (messy!) activity.  Interested…?  Please send in a note!
    In Math we have moved on to Unit 2.  This unit builds upon addition and subtraction fact knowledge taught in second grade.  Being able to recall the basic facts correctly and quickly will serve each student well.  You could help at home with playing card games involving adding numbers.  The EveryDay Math site has some fun one as well. 
    We continue to build and talk about good reading habits during our Reading Workshop time.   Lots of thought into choosing books that interest us as readers, good discussion about why readers might abandon a book, and the importance of reading wide awake and alert.  Our read aloud, Poppy, continues to offer great opportunity to talk and share our thinking about the plot, character motives, problems and possible solutions.  The book talks continue to be lively and interesting. 
            Lastly, next week is Fire Prevention Week.  Our class will walk down to the fire station on Thursday afternoon for review of fire safety and to check out the fire trucks. Also just a reminder that next Friday is a Staff Development Day (no school for kids) and Monday is holiday! 

Enjoy the weekend~