We read and discussed the Scholastic News article "Firefighters in Three Communities" and the book A Very Busy Firehouse. During handwriting, we reviewed the D'Nealian letters a and d before learning the letters o and g. These four letters all begin at the mid-line with the same stroke. Parents, take a look at how your child is forming his/her letters and numbers. Many students are beginning at the bottom. Even the letter o and the number zero begin at the top.
Today's math lesson focused on partitioning shapes to show halves, thirds, or fourths. Students once again used rulers as straightedges to do this. Be sure your child completes his/her homework with a straightedge as well.
After Quiet Time, the boys and girls were introduced to the habitat of the oak tree. Many animals (mammals, birds, and insects) call trees home. Ask your child to tell you about squirrels, long-horned beetles, or woodpeckers. We read a book about the life cycle of an oak tree. The students worked on oak tree life cycle models and received bur oak acorns to take home.
Following P.E., we moved on to social studies. First, we had a Second Step lesson about following directions. Then, the boys and girls completed an activity sheet about communities using their Map Champ Atlas books. We ended the day by naming different kinds of places found in communities.
The Bell Walk takes place tomorrow!