November 20

What does Learning Look Like?

In our classroom, we love to share our learning with others. Here are a few snapshots of us learning in class today.

Most Mondays, we receive new words that follow a certain pattern. In two of the pictures below we are sorting our new words. Next, you can see us chatting about some things we’ve learned about Texas where are penpals live.

In another snapshot, Mrs. S captured us using the laptops to comment on blogs. Authentic writing opportunities can be a lot of fun! We can’t wait to write letters to our penpals and receive letters in return. Perhaps even a Skype date is in the plans, too!

Finally, in Math, we’ve been learning about how to gather data, display the results in a graph, and make sense of what it all means. Today, Mrs. S surveyed the class about screen time and we helped to put a bar graph together of the data. We are making our own survey questions and will be working with Mrs. Valente’s class to get answers to our questions next week.

November 20

Word Study-Week of Nov.20

November 6

Word Study Week of Nov 6

Each Monday I will post pictures of our Word Study words for your reference 🙂

Each word study group is different. After the lesson, students copy the sorts into their notebooks. On Monday nights, students are asked to sort the words again, taking their words out of their bags, and writing the words AGAIN in their notebooks with the appropriate categories written at the top. They should check to ensure all words are spelled correctly.

Review of sh ch wh th words

Long e Short e words

ir ire ier words

October 23

Word Study-Week of Oct. 23

Parents: Each Monday I will post pictures of our Word Study words for your reference 🙂

Each word study group is different. After the lesson, students copy the sorts into their notebooks. On Monday nights, students are asked to sort the words again, taking their words out of their bags, and writing the words AGAIN in their notebooks with the appropriate categories written at the top. They should check to ensure all words are spelled correctly.

Group 1–wh and th

Group 2- Long u and Short u

Group 3-or, ore, oar, w+or

October 20

Word Study Launch

wordstudy    In our class, we have started our Word Study program. Based on a diagnostic spelling test each student did in September, several Word Study groupings were established.

This current week, we all started with the same words (long e patterns) so we could get used to the routines and expectations of how Word Study is run.

How does it work?

Students are given a new sort each Monday where they learn about different aspects and features of the words they received. Throughout the week, students are asked to complete various activities from their ‘Homework Menu’ to practice using their words in different ways, and on Friday, we will have a spelling assessment.

In the pictures below, we are working with a buddy to complete the activity called “Blind Sort with a Buddy”. This is where one person reads the words and the partner writes them down in the correct category, aiming to spell them correctly, of course!

What are some spelling ‘tricks’ or rules you could share with us?

February 8

Word Study

Word study is like spelling but in a different way. What is word study? Well we are going to tell you! Word study is when our whole class splits into groups. The easy group, the medium group, and the hard group. (Actually, Miss B. determined our group based on a spelling assessment at the start of the year). Each group is taught a lesson on a particular rule or concept in spelling, we will get different words and study them for a week. We have different activities that we complete each day of the week so we get practice using the words. Then on Friday we will have a test. On Monday we will get new words and do the same thing again.

October 29

Word Study begins

Hi Parents;

Today we launched (finally!!) into our Word Study lessons and activities. Based on a diagnostic spelling test your child did earlier this year, several Word Study groupings were established. Students are given a new sort each Monday where they learn about different aspects and features of the words they received. Throughout the week, students are asked to complete various activities (this is glued into their green notebook) to practice using their words in different ways, and on Friday, they will have a spelling assessment.

I encourage you to ask your child to talk about their word study words with you!