October 21 Week at a Peek

Dear students and families,

We will have special learning activities each day this week to mark “Education Week” in Saskatchewan.

On Wednesday, grade 3s enjoyed a scientific afternoon at the swale while grade 4s remained at the school with Mme Morrison’s grade 4s working on social studies agriculture activities.

Here are a few photos from the grade 3 swale trip:

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Math Facts and Number Talks Update

October Addition Focus

number talk encouraging “making 10s” addition strategy
  • Last week, during our number talks (focus on mental computation strategies), we reviewed the making 10s addition strategy.
  • This week, the landmark or friendly number addition strategy will be encouraged.
  • 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).
  • An excellent student review at home would be to explain these strategies to family members.
  • Students will continue to work on addition facts in class this week.  Student fluency with addition math facts is an important foundation for subtraction, multiplication and division later in the school year.

Language Arts

Handwriting Update

exemplary sample of student clock climber handwriting page
  • We started working on cursive handwriting and the “clock climber” letters this week (a, d, g, q, c)
  • In printing and handwriting, pencil holding and grip makes a big difference in efficient and comfortable handwriting.  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 to make letters that lean to the right.  This is a difficult skill to do 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.
  • Watch the video below that teaches an effective printing and handwriting pencil grip.

Spelling this week

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 8. . .

Monday

  • picture retake day 😀
  • phys. ed. a.m. (gym closed due to election; be prepared for outdoor phys. ed. today)
  • partner read

Tuesday

  • library a.m.
  • introduction to spelling words
  • music p.m.
  • care partners

Wednesday

  • time to work on spelling assignment in class
  • helping hands day

Thursday

  • Lesson 3 spelling tests and assignments due
  • phys. ed. p.m.
  • musical teacher day
  • marble rewards p.m.?

Friday

  • phys. ed. a.m.
  • grasslands walk day (1:05 p.m.)

What are you looking forward to this week at school?

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