A few Alim updates…
Poetry: We are reading, writing, and reciting all kinds of poetry. We started with looking at seemingly ordinary objects and using extraordinary language. As we are moving forward, students are learning about specific strategies such as repeated words, alliteration, and writing to an object.
Science: Who knows that soil is made up of humus, clay, and sand? Well, a lot of Alim students do! By observing closely, we are also discovering through smear tests, observations, and settling tests, that contrary to what one might think, of those three elements, sand is the largest and heaviest particle. This week, the students are completing tests on a mystery soil, and trying to discover the contents of their samples.
Literacy: Currently, students are either reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins or Cam Jansen and the Missing Dinosaur Bones. Students are reading in small groups or independently and working on comprehension and vocabulary packets. Students are also participating in small discussion groups about once a week.
Math: We are working on decimals and money. Students are practicing counting money, making change, adding up cash register receipts, estimating amounts of money, and using a calculator to input dollar amounts.
Word Study: In addition to individualized word sorts, students are also learning about spelling rules. This week, the objective is to learn when to double the consonant in a word when adding a vowel suffix such as er and ing. We acted out a funny story, that believe it or not, involved SHARKS! Ask you child about this story.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you cool cats at our poetry celebration on May 22nd.