## Thursday, February 18, 2016

### Week in Review--Valentine's Day

Writing:

We continued to follow the process where students fill out a planning sheet then turn those ideas into sentences in a book and publish their stories in Book Creator. Below are a few videos of published books!

This week we also focused on the “-un and -an” word families. We created word family lists, played a game called a word hunt and added the new words into our Friday game of SNAP!

Our vocabulary words this week were:
• creaks
• howling
• path
• hare
• hinge
• sways

We enjoyed learning about these words and created one page of a book with a group of our friends. We worked together to decide who would take the picture of the vocabulary word, who would be recorded explaining the definition and who would draw a picture of the word. They worked so well together and divided up the work so nicely! I was very impressed! We put the pages together, watch the video below!

Math:

We focused on subtraction this week. We learned about a special guy named “Linus the Minus” who likes to take things away. Whenever we see him in a math problem he is taking numbers away and the answer will always be less. We practiced subtraction with pictures and math tools. We will continue next week by working with subtracting with number lines and drawing a picture to help see the numbers/items go away.

We had a new choice added to Math by Myself this week. This choice practices subtraction and is called “Smash It”. Students read a subtraction problem and create play-doh balls for the first number in the problem. The second number then tells the student how many of the balls they get to “smash” and then they write the answer down! We have found subtracting is so much fun when you get to smash the play-doh down!

Our math vocabulary word(s) this week focused on height. They were longer and shorter. We discussed the words, then we wrote and drew pictures that showed what the words mean in our math journals.

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Content:

This week was all about Valentine’s Day. We created special Valentine Cards using the app Pic Collage, we created a class book using Book Creator about things we love, talked about kindness and celebrated at the end of the week with our Valentine’s Party. We created our own canisters to receive Valentine’s from our friends and enjoyed decorating cookies!

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PRACTICE AT HOME:
When looking in books, newspapers, menus and more try to find TEXT FEATURES!.

Next Week:
• In writing we will continue our unit on informational writing pieces.
• In math we will continue to focus Son UBTRACTION.
• Our theme next week is all American symbols and Presidents.

Important Dates/Information:
• 2/15--President's Day-NO SCHOOL
• 2/18--Family Fitness Frenzy at MME 6:00PM
• 2/25 ABC's of Ag Field Trip to McCutcheon High School
• 2/26 Fairy Tale Ball (dress like your favorite fairy tale character or super hero)
• 2/26 K-2 Movie Matinee