October 15 Week at a Peek

Dear students and families,


Congratulations to students for continued success with remembering to bring planners, library books and any homework back to school each day.  The class has shown great progress in settling into our morning routine which includes:

  • entering quickly and quietly
  • taking needed items from backpack, handing in homework for marking, placing yellow planner duotang on desk
  • putting on indoor shoes
  • reading morning message and daily schedule
  • handing out supplies (pencils, erasers, quiz books)
  • writing name and date on the math fact quiz of the day

Practicing and repeating routines allows our brains more space to focus on learning tasks at hand.  We continue to work on making our transitions throughout the day quicker and quieter.  Nice work everyone!  🙂

Math Facts and Number Talks Update

October Addition Focus

  • This week, during our number talks that focus on mental computation strategies, we reviewed the making 10s addition strategy and introduced the landmark or friendly number addition strategy.
  • Landmark or friendly numbers are those that we can work with easily such as:  multiples of 10 (10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, etc.), and money numbers (25, 50, 75, 100).
  • See the photo for a number talk we did this week that encouraged the landmark/friendly number addition strategy.
  • An excellent student review at home would be to explain these photos to family members.
  • We will continue to work on the “landmark/friendly number” addition strategy this week.   🙂
  • Do continue to work daily on improving automaticity with addition facts.  Student fluency with addition math facts is very helpful when we move to subtraction, multiplication and division later in the school year.

Language Arts


  • Students are learning strategies that good readers use with the teacher read, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.
  • Topics include:  fiction/non-fiction characteristics; “reading is thinking;” how to begin reading a fiction novel; looking at the cover, asking questions, making predictions; fiction novel traits – chapters, paragraphs, characters, place, events.
  • Reading strategies we explore include:  predicting, connections, visualizing and inferring.

Handwriting Update

exemplary sample of student clock climber handwriting page
  • We started working on cursive handwriting and the “clock climber” letters this week.
  • In printing and handwriting, students must pay close attention to pencil holding and grip.  The hand makes a teardrop shape so we can see the webbing between the thumb and forefinger so the fine motor muscles can work best and quickly to form letters.  The heel of the writing hand rests on the table.  The non-writing hand holds the paper to the table.
  • One big difference between printing and handwriting technique is the position of the paper on the table.  When handwriting, the paper is placed on a diagonal slant on the desk top in order to make letters that lean to the right.  This is a difficult skill to achieve and requires much correction but is worth the time as everything that follows relies on this foundation.
  • I do not send unfinished handwriting for homework until students show competency in the skill.  It is best that homework reinforces a skill that is in place as opposed to practicing a habit that will need correcting.
  • We will continue to work on the clock climbers in class in the weeks ahead.

Spelling this week

  • The blue group will continue with another week of printing.
  • There are 4 students who have completed all corrections in lesson 1 and 2 assignments.  To avoid falling behind, corrections must be completed quickly and carefully.

This week’s assignments are due Thursday with tests on Thursday also.  Students will copy their spelling list into their planners on Tuesday.  Here is a preview for those of you who like to prepare early!

Here’s a look at week  7. . .


  • +4 to +6 weekly whiz quiz
  • math due – to end of “Practice 6”
  • phys. ed. p.m.


  • A8 math fact quiz
  • arts ed. a.m.
  • phys. ed. p.m.
  • introduction to spelling words; time to work on spelling assignments in class


  • A9 math fact quiz
  • time to work on spelling assignment in class
  • afternoon of outdoor exploration?  (weather dependent, forecast is +15°C  😎 )


  • A10 math fact quiz
  • Lesson 3 spelling tests
  • library exchange a.m.
  • phys. ed. a.m.
  • marble rewards p.m.?


  • A11 math fact quiz
  • dress like your role model/hero school spirit day!
  • arts ed. p.m.

Who is the role model you will dress up as on Friday?

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