Mrs. Petitti & Mrs. Read - Primary Multiage

petittiReading, Writing, Social Studies: Right before break the sixth grade class visited our room and read The Mitten by Jan Brett. Afterwards 6th grade students helped their Primary Multiage partners make a special ornament.  During the same week, the Primary Multiage walked to the Benz Center to visit with some of the seniors in our community.  They sang songs to their wonderful audience led by Ms. Dassori and then with giggles and pride they gave each senior a pair of socks filled with handmade items from all the students at SCS.  Attached to the front of each sock (stocking) were cards that the Primary and Middle Multiage children wrote to each senior. All of us at SCS want to thank all of you who made this project possible by donating socks for the seniors in our community, Thank you!

The afternoon friends just started new spelling words this week:  from, or, on, had, pin, thin, spin, skin. All the Primary Multiage students are working with the poem "Snow Kisses". They are locating the following sight words in the poem: go, if, up, and any words from the word wall.  The last curtain of letters were introduced to those students working on letter recognition and sounds: Qq, Rr, Ss, Tt, Uu, Vv, Ww, Xx, Yy, Zz.  All students have been working on syllables.  Afternoon friends sorted words by syllables after sounding each word out.  Morning friends sorted picture cards by the number of syllables they heard when they said the name of the picture.  Afternoon friends are working on the sounds for the letter "y.  If  the "y" is at the beginning of a word it says /y/, at the end of a one syllable word it makes a long "i" sound like in "my" and in a two syllable word  the "y" makes a long "e"  sound like in "many".  During the next couple of weeks, we will be working on opinion writing. I introduce this form of writing by reading two very familiar books, The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald and The Mitten by Jan Brett.  We will be working on writing an opinion and providing at least two reasons to support it.  Students will learn how to use a web to organize their thoughts and with support turn the web into a written paragraph. The children listened to picture books about Martin Luther King, Jr.  After each book, we brain stormed adjectives that described him. The students first selected four adjectives and then selected two of them to create each one into a sentence about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Math:  The children created a question to ask their classmates.  They collected the data in a tally chart and used it to make a bar graph.  I had them answer questions about the data shown on their tally chart and bar graph.  All students were introduced to double facts.  They graphed the doubles as they worked with a partner on "Roll and Record Doubles".  Each student also created a book with double facts. Children continue to practice combinations of 10 and afternoon friends are using these facts as a strategy for adding and subtracting within 20. Afternoon friends are applying properties of operations and other strategies to add three numbers. They have been practicing how to write number stories to go with three digit number sentences. Students have been using a number grid as they practice finding 10 more and 10 less than a given number.  They have been working with a partner to play "Rolling to 100" to support moving 10 more and 10 less on a number grid.

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