Well, it was a short week but a busy one! Our weekly Journeys story was called The Big Trip. The comprehension strategy we focused on was comparing and contrasting. We talked about different ways to travel and how those ways were similar and different. The students are SO creative and smart. When they were comparing and contrasting bikes vs. cars, the similarities and differences they came up with were so great. I thought I would get a lot of similar answers like (they both go on land, one has two wheels one has 4, etc.) But the variety I got was great. I heard “One takes gas to go and the other doesn’t”, “They both have pedals”, “They both need to be steered”, “One of them is exercise and the other is not”. They really think outside the box and are very creative. It makes my job so much easier…and more fun!! 🙂
Our spelling pattern was on long -e words. We didn’t just stick with the CVC-e pattern but we added vowel teams (vowel pairs) that also make the long -e sound, like -ee and -ea. The way I teach vowel teams is “One vowel does the talking, the other vowel does the walking”. This little saying helps students remember that the first vowel is the long vowel sound that we hear. The second vowel is always silent.
Next week is already March! I can’t believe it. I will helping out with the Purim party after school on Monday. See you there! Have a great weekend. Shabbat Shalom. 🙂