October 14, 2022, Lower South

A lot has happened in the past two months within our classroom communities. The students have learned so much already, and normalization within the classrooms has begun.

This week students were presented with new math and language lessons. On the math unit shelf,  children could start exploring work on expanded notation. Some of the works involve students taking numbers written in standard form, building these numbers with small number cards, and then writing the numbers in expanded form. This work helps children to understand how to break down larger numbers based on their place value. 

For language, students were presented with a lesson on syllables. This unit is a part of the word study curriculum and encompasses work that involves students taking word or picture cards and placing each card under the correct syllable label. Some of these words range from having one syllable to five syllables. There are works on the word study shelf that involve children matching up different words with the same number of syllables. These are commonly called “word trains” or “syllable trains.” This unit helps students learn to break apart words and promotes decoding and reading fluency skills.