In Social Studies we are studying economics. There are quite a few vocabulary terms to reinforce in this unit. We had a great time today shopping (both at the Santa Secret Shop and within the classroom). The children exchanged their tickets for play money to shop at my store. They were able to see how our unlimited wants and limited resources caused scarcity which meant that they couldn’t have all of the goods that they wanted. They had to make a choice. They found out that there were incentives while shopping especially when a truckload arrived. The choices that they made lead to opportunity cost. We also reinforced everything that we are learning about in math but determining/estimating our total cost, as well as, the change that we will receive.
For extra practice of the vocabulary used in this unit, Mr. Gort created on-line note cards that you can use to practice. This site allows you to print flashcards or complete a review online. http://www.easynotecards.com/notecard_set/1543
Please send a light bulb in for your child to use for a craft by Friday, December 2nd. It does not need to work, so check your house for the ones that no longer work. This is a perfect way to recycle. The twisty energy-efficient ones will not work well for what I have in mind.
Our class will be going to the Santa Secret Shop on Tuesday at 11:30. If you are interested in having your child complete some Christmas shopping on their own, please send in their list of people to shop for and money.
In math we are going to spend some extra time with estimating and money. In this unit, your child will be learning to estimate sums and differences by rounding numbers. They also use estimates to check that actual answers are reasonable, and compare numbers using the symbols greater than (>), less than (<) or equal to (=). The students will also identify and compare the values of a collection of U.S. coins and bills. It would be a wonderful time to have them counting change at home.
In reading, we just finished our 2nd unit focusing on visualization. The children loved the stories we were reading! They visualized to make sense of the stories we read by imagining sights, sounds, smells, tastes, sensations, and feelings. This strategy helps them to understand, remember, and enjoy reading. You can help your child visualize by stopping every so often while reading aloud and asking questions such as:
What do you see in your mind as I read to you?
What words did you hear in the story that helped you create that picture in your mind?
In addition to stopping and discussing the story with your child, you might:
Ask your child to close his or her eyes as you read and get a mental picture of the story.
Give your child the opportunity to draw what he or she visualized, and then talk about the drawing.