Typing Practice:

We had our first visit to the computer lab today. The kids learned how to log onto the computers and the Typing Club website. Students have their typing club user name and password taped into their planners just in case they interested in doing some practice at home. The easiest way to access typing club is through the link on our classroom blog.

Our First Math Unit:

To Parents and Adults at Home …

We began a mathematics unit on increasing and decreasing patterns. Recognizing and analyzing patterns is an important part of mathematical thinking.

In this unit, your child will:

  • Identify, extend, create, and compare increasing patterns.
  • Identify, extend, create, and compare decreasing patterns.
  • Find pattern rules.
  • Display number patterns on hundred charts.
  • Use patterns to solve problems.

Patterns can be found all around us. Encourage your child to look for patterns around the home, and talk about them.

Here are some suggestions for activities you can do at home:

  • Look for patterns in your family’s activities as marked on a calendar at home. What activities do you do daily? Twice a week? Every week?
  • Use small objects like buttons or coins to make patterns that grow or shrink. Encourage your child to describe and extend the patterns. During our math lessons we usually describe patterns using a pattern rule. Pattern Rule Example: Start with ____.  Add (or subtract) ____ each time.
  • Count collections of nickels and dimes by 5s and by 10s.
    Count pennies by 2s.
  • Find examples of geometric patterns in floor tiles or on game boards.

Important Dates In September:

Here are some of the upcoming events you will want to know about:

Tuesday, September 18 – Meet the staff BBQ (5:00-7:00 p.m.)

Monday, September 24 – Picture Day 1*

Tuesday, September 25 – Picture Day 2*

Friday, September 28 – Terry Fox Walk (We do this at 1:00 as a school. No action required by you.)

*Note: I will let you know which day is our picture day once I know.

Welcome!

Welcome to our blog and a new school year! Please visit often to keep informed about school and class events.  We look forward to sharing our learning with you through this class blog and the student blogs that will be linked to it in the future. I hope your children had a good first day of school and want to come back for another great day tomorrow. It was nice to meet so many of you this morning. I was not quite able to talk to all of you before you needed to go on with your day. Receiving a class full of new students in a short time pulled me in many directions and I thank you for your patience. I look forward to connecting with you again in the near future.