March 24, 2017
News of the Week
Ms. Castillo’s Class
“Math. I know math. I know subtraction. We did spelling words.” Adam (We practiced addition and subtraction this week. As always we practiced spelling patterns.)
“I remember we learned about how plants grow. In another class we learned about respect our friends and be nice to everyone.” Jake (We have been observing our plants as they sprout and become seedlings.)
“I remember you telling us to finish what we didn’t do in our plant book. I remember us learning about that celery. You showed us the celery on the carpet that was turning red. I remember there was red on the sides of the celery.” Nadira (We did an experiment with celery and food coloring to see how a stem works like a straw. The red water turned the stalk of celery red because the tubes in the stem sucked it up to the top. We also finished our plant journals this week.)
This week in reading we continued Unit 7 which covers making inferences, predictions, finding the main idea and finding supporting details. The students practiced a reader’s theater this week as well. We focused on using good expression and fluency. During writing class, students used the animal research they did in the library to write a rough draft of their report. Some students started working on their final copy of the project. As always, we practiced third quarter writing skills which include: capitals for I and the beginning of sentences, spaces between words, periods at the end of sentences, neat handwriting, including important details, adding describing words and writing complete sentences. We continued our science unit on plants. The students learned what a plant needs (water, air, sun, soil and space) and are learning the parts of the plants. We also classified plants and observed our seedlings. Most of the plants are doing very well! The students will take home their plants at the end of next week.
Finally, in math, we worked on place value, coins and problem solving. We are focusing on making groups of ten and determining how many tens and ones are in a number. The students should be able to identify coins, count small groups of coins and tell how much coins are worth. Students also used different math skills each day at their math centers. We continued to practice story problems with problem of the day. First grade will use the CUBES method to solve problems. C- circle the numbers, U- understand and underline the question, B- box the key math words, E- evaluate and draw and S- solve and check. Expectations for solving word problems are changing since we are in the third quarter. Information about the CUBES method was sent home last week. We took our math test on Friday.
Next week, we will start a new reading unit which will cover comparing and contrasting. Our writing workshop will focus on informational reports. We will learn about the basic needs of animals during science class. In math class, we will continue problem solving and review repeating patterns. A new type of pattern we will explore is a growing pattern.
Monday will be day 1. If you have any questions, contact me at Castilar@pwcs.edu.
Friday March 24- PTO Bingo Night (Doors 7:00)
Saturday April 1- Fun Run and Health Fair (9:00 to 10:30)