In math, we continue to focus on place value and are using this knowledge to add 2 and 3 digit numbers. We have also begun to represent 3 digit numbers in expanded form. The students have learned that 30 + 8 + 100 is the same as 100 + 30 + 8. We now understand that the order of numbers are different but none of the values have changed. We have used the symbols <, > and = to show relationships between numbers up to 20. We are now using them to show the results of comparing 3 digit numbers. In this unit we are also learning how to represent money amounts.
At home you can ask your child to find the value of a group of coins. You may want to begin with a group of nickels. Ask your child to skip count by 5’s. Then practice counting by 5’s together to 100. When finding the value of a group of coins (dimes, nickels and pennies) first organize the coins by their value. Begin with the coins of greatest value and have fun adding!
Our homework this week included number names for numbers to 100. Please keep the last page of your child’s HW packet at home to practice. A fun activity to do at home would be to read aloud the number names together. Then say a decade number like 40 and have your child write the decade number and number name on a paper. Ask your child to draw Quick Tens to represent the number. Try this a few times choosing different numbers.
In Fundations, the unit we are finishing up has taught the children the procedure for segmenting words into syllables. The children were also introduced to four new consonants and suffixes (-ness, -less, -ment,-ful) and three new vowel suffixes (-able, -ish, -en). Finally, children were asked to read a word two times to emphasize the division between the base word and the suffix. Reading the base word first (kind) and then reading the entire word (kindness).
In our next unit we will review the vowel-consonant-e syllable. An example of this lesson is when you add an e to the word hop to make the word hope. We will also learn the standard sound for /s/ can also say \z\ as in close, rose, use, and fuse. As the children learn these new spelling procedures we will be asking them to share what they have learned with you at home.
We would like to wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season and we look forward to spending the New Year with your child.