We have been working on adding more “juicy” (descriptive) words to our sentences. Students are working to make their sentences so descriptive that it puts a picture into their reader’s minds. One activity we did was that first students wrote a descriptive sentence. Then they gave their writing book to a classmate who illustrated their sentence. When they received their writing books back they asked themselves the following questions: Is this the picture I had in my mind when I created my sentence? Could I have added any words to my sentence to make it more descriptive? What did I learn from working on this activity? Of course, we continue to read, read, and read!!! We also continue to work through different spelling patterns and word families, creating/making words with alphabet tiles, listening and reading poetry and enjoying and responding to books that are read to us.
Students have been learning many different kinds of addition strategies and practicing these strategies. Some of these strategies include: counting on, doubles, making ten and turn the fact around. Next week, we will be practicing these addition strategies with numbers from 11-20. We have also been working on some open- ended Math word problems, and Math Detective Questions that we try to solve using a 100’s chart.
We have been learning about the 5 Senses through videos, stories, and activities. Ask your child to tell you about the items we smelled last week. One of them was particularly strong!
Social Studies Inquiry:
Thank you so much to the Parent Volunteers that went with us on our Downtown Walk last week! Your help was much appreciated! Our Downtown Walk could not have come at a better time. Students have taken some of what they saw last week and incorporated it into their own buildings. Students are hard at work blueprinting and building. Our city will be starting to take shape soon.
Earth Day is usually celebrated on April 22 each year. This year, the students at Citadel Park School will be celebrating Earth Day on Tuesday, April 23. The Environment Club has thought of some activities for the students at Citadel Park School. They include:
- Bringing a litter less lunch to school that day
- Wearing green and blue to school to celebrate the earth
- We will be having an “earth hour” where we turn out the lights
in our classrooms and open our blinds.
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