Weekly Update

# Weekly Update

#### Take a look at our learning last week:

This past week in reading, we spent time focusing on the characters from our books. The kids did a great job noticing who their characters were and even finding who the main character was in their story.

We started reading an Ivy and Bean book, and studied them as characters.  As we read the book, we noticed that there were patterns with how the character acted. Patterns help teach us about characters and can even help us predict what might happen in a story.

The kids did a great job of being on the lookout for patterns in their character books!

#### Writing

This week, we continued to work on missing partner and missing total equations and stories. We started each day off with a review of equations and the kids have grown in their ability to recognize addition or subtraction and then label the equation with the matching secret code (P + P = T or T – P = P). If you notice your child knowing the answer right off the bat, encourage them to write the answer in right away, but then they need to go back and check that their answer is correct by labeling the secret code, drawing the math mountain, and placing their TOTAL at the top. This will help to reinforce how important it is to check their answer and make sure it makes sense (and help eliminate silly mistakes).

We spend the rest of our time mixing up subtraction and addition stories to see how independent the kids are becoming at following these rules to solve their math stories.

1. Circling the numbers in the story
2. Listening to see if the story is subtraction or addition
3. Writing the secret code that matches the story (T-P=P or P+P=T)
4. Adding the numbers to the equation
5. Drawing the math mountain
6. Putting the total at the top
7. Clapping and counting ON or UP to solve for the missing number

Next week, we will review some more and end the week by taking the Unit 3 math assessment.