It was wonderful to see so many of you at curriculum night last evening! If you were unable to attend, please review the handouts in your child's home folder today.
We had a wonderful week in Project GATE classes. Here are a few highlights from our week...
Project GATE Math Class:
- GATE math students completed unit one instruction from our Everyday Math program. I reviewed just a few skills that students needed to practice, including telling time to the five-minute mark and place value concepts. This week's lessons were enriched with deeper thinking, including a partner game of Top-It with eight-digit numbers!
- We began our first thinking skills unit of the year -- logic! Logic is the study of reasoning; where one uses clues to arrive at a single correct answer. Students will complete four logic assignments this trimester, which they will do independently during math class. They loved our first assignment (Logic Links). Here's one for you to try...
- Use one red, one green, and one white chip. The blue chip and the green chip do not touch. The blue chip is directly on the left of the white chip. (These do get quite difficult. Children are off to a fantastic start.)
- We begin unit two next week! As I said last night, we will move quickly through material. I will teach skills students have not yet mastered and skip or briefly review others.
Project GATE Reading Class:
- The highlight of our week was using Sonic Pics (an iPad app) to create slideshows of standard RL.2.6 -- understand the point of view of different characters. They selected a major event in the Great Books story The Happy Lion and then picked two characters in the scene. Students described how the characters responded differently in the situation. Enjoy the pictures below. :)
- Please review spelling spiral directions and weekly instructions. I posted them at the top of this blog. Spelling spirals are due every Friday.
- Our language focus was standard L.2.2a -- to recognize and capitalize proper nouns.
- Other literacy goals/instruction for the week included using illustrations to understand story elements and identifying story sequence.
Have a wonderful weekend! Thank you again for attending curriculum night!