Friday, November 21, 2014

Xtra Math Milestone

Congratulations to Zackary for receiving his first XtraMath certificate for demonstrating mastery of his subtraction facts.  There are a few other students close to being awarded certificates as well. Regular fact practice both at school and at home is essential for students to have quick recall of their basic facts.  An XtraMath lesson takes just about 8 minutes to complete and is one way to build in regular fact practice. If you information sent home again about setting up XtraMath for home use please let me know. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

What a great day!

Thank you to the parents who were able to take time out of their schedules to join us on our field trip to visit the Mayflower II and Plimoth Plantation. These trips can't happen without your help. Whether you were there or not, please take a moment to talk with your child about their trip. Ask them to describe their favorite part of the trip. I always love to hear what the children's take-aways from these trips. Please take a few minutes to add a comment about what your child shared.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Plimoth Plantation...Here we come!!!

We are busy learning some background information in preparation for our trip to Plimoth Plantation on Thursday. Last week we began learning about the Wampanoag people, a native group who lived along the southeastern coast in Massachusetts. We will continue learning about their daily lives as well as be introduced to the first encounters of the Pilgrims who arrived from England in 1621.

Watching videos from the educational site Discovery Streaming and reading non-fiction texts helps us learn some information, but our visit to Plimoth Plantation is what truly helps students and adults experience the past. Plimoth Plantation is a living museum which allows us to get a sense of what life was like in 1627 Plimoth, six years after the settlers arrived. The experience with the "actors" is all abou the past.  

The Wampanoag homesite will allow us the opportunity to ask questions to Native American of today about their ancestors as well as get a sense for what daily life might have been like for the Wampanoag people.

You may want to visit the link to Plimoth Plantation website with your child which has many great interactive sites.

Wampanoag Homesite Virtual Field Trip

Thanks to Plimoth Plantation and Scholastic you don't have to travel too far to learn about life in Plymouth, Massachusetts in the 1620's. Check out these virtual field trips!

Plimoth Plantation Virtual Field Trip

Mayflower Virtual Field Trip

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Nouns, Nouns and More Nouns

This week we took a break from our word study routine to focus on nouns. We practiced plural nouns and learned about some really neat words that are collective nouns. Our study wrapped up with the tricky idea that nouns can be concrete--you can see, hear, taste, touch or smell. They can also be abstract--abstract nouns are ideas and feelings. 

A study of nouns wouldn't be complete without the following visit from Schoolhouse Rock!

"Noun Town" provides another catchy tune to review the different types of nouns. 

We will resume our word study routine next week!