This past week we began our study of 3D/Solid shapes. We began by first exploring what we notice and how these shapes differ from shapes we have previously learned about. We concluded that solid shapes pop up (like a pop-up book) and do not lay flat like circles and squares, we can feel all the "faces" or sides of the shape. We are excited to notice we have a lot of these shapes represented in our own classroom. In addition to those in our room, we are building our shape collection from recycled goods that you are so generously donating. Students are excited to add them and watch our collection grow! As our collection grows we will continue to sort and classify shapes with similar attributes.
The solid shapes we will focus on include:
We are learning some "fancy" and quite impressive mathematical vocabulary to support our understanding of solid shapes:
- Face: the face of the shape is the flat surface (Ex: a cube has 6 faces)
- Edge: the edge of the shape is where the two faces meet
- Vertex: the vertex is where the three faces meet
5 Star Words
In writing we are beginning to look more closely at the words we use to tell our stories. This week we learned the importance of using ending marks and spaces to make our writing easy to read. Here is what we are learning:
Ending marks: Ending marks tell the reader what to do as they read. We can use a period, exclamation point or question mark. Periods are used for telling, exclamation points are used to show excitement and question marks are used for asking. This knowledge helps us in both reading and writing. When we read a sentence with an exclamation point or question mark our voice changes to reflect that mark. When we forget to use ending marks the sentence just keeps going and going and going!
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Spaces: Spacesaresoimportant,withoutthemitwouldbeconfusing. See what I did there? :) We thought it was pretty fun to read sentences without spaces and quickly learned their important role in sentence writing. Spaces help us to separate words and makes our writing much easier to read! We can use our finger to help us with spaces or a "spaceman" which is a little wooden tool that is just the right size for making spaces between words (see picture below).
Shelter in Place
This week we had our first "shelter in place drill". This drill is intended to practice staying safe inside the school building if something unsafe was occurring outside. Mr. Gergler came over the announcements to tell us of this drill and spoke to us about what to do. We were able to continue with our usual classroom activities while staying inside the building. Students were naturally curious about this drill which led to some great conversations about listening to teacher/trusted adult directions and what this drill was. We noticed a BIG difference between a shelter in place drill and a fire drill. During a fire drill we leave the building and go to our safe meeting spot, while during a shelter in place we stay inside the building. Students did a great job of listening to directions and posing important questions.
Extending Learning at Home
- Can you find any 3D/solid shapes in your house?
- Look at your books at home. Can you find and read any passwords?
- Share what you know about spaces and ending marks.
- Do you have a safe meeting place at home in case of a fire? What are ways you practice being safe at home?
- Ignite the Night - Build a City for 2050
- Invention Convention
- Report cards going home
- Teacher Workshop - Early Release
- Winter Break