December 6th is a grading day for elementary school. As teachers, we take this time to complete student report cards from the data we have gathered since the beginning of the year. These should come home with students next week on December 11th. If you have any questions please be sure to let me know. It is exciting to see the progress they have made since the beginning of the year!
We are starting a new unit on visualizing this month in reading. The Daily Cafe site describes the importance of visualizing: "When students listen to or read text, they can create pictures in their mind or make a mind movie. When readers visualize what is happening in the story, they remember more of what they read or hear." We will read a variety of books this month. Students will have a chance to illustrate and write about what they visualize. They are excited about the work they are doing and how it can help them to comprehend what they are reading.
In math we are working on addition to 200 and place value. Students are learning to make a new ten and very soon a new hundred in 2 digit addition. They are practicing making a quick sketch. Next week they will learn faster methods of recording their answers, such as show all totals or new groups above. It is fun to watch them as they learn and grow as mathematicians!