Here is what your children can look forward to in the next few weeks:
Math- We will be going back to understanding place value but this time putting an emphasis on how to count by 5's, 10's, and 100's and what that is doing to the value of the number. We recommend the kids practicing skip counting at home so they can here the patterns more often. The challenge becomes when students need to skip count by 5's when the number begins at 255. In addition to place value, the kids will also be practicing their addition/subtraction facts which have now switched from within 10 to within 20! We have seen so much progress from all of our students in this area, much in part to the support they are getting from you at home.
Reading- By the end of this quarter, the students need to be independently reading on a level K. With that being said, continue to nurture their love for reading at home! We want them to LOVE to read, not feel as if it is a chore. Students will be able to identify how to sequence non-fiction texts and understand why they are in that particular order (cause/effect).
Writing- This is a fun quarter for writing. The students will be writing non-fiction pieces that tie in our Science standards on forces and motion. They will be performing and creating experiments, all while learning how to write about them "like a scientist". Our spelling tests will continue to be in the same format and will contain Proper Nouns for the students to practice identifying/capitalizing.
Science- Students will be learning about Force and Motion as well as Energy with many hands-on, exploratory lab activities. Nana Nature is an amazing experience where the students will dig deeper into the meaning of Forces and Motion.
Social Studies- Our major focus for this quarter is Native Americans, specifically the Creek and Cherokee who were native to our own state of Georgia. The students will feel as though they have gone back in time when they research about these interesting tribes. In addition to that, the students will discover how Georgia was founded through the help of James Oglethorpe, Mary Musgrave, Tomochichi, and Sequoyah.
STEM- The kids will be using their knowledge of Creek and Cherokee homes to design, build and test homes using the materials that the Native Americans of our past used!!!