We have started an math investigative unit on fractions. Rather than using the math worksheets, we are learning about fractions by investigating with hands-on activities. This week we learned that half is a fraction of two equal parts. We studied the concept of halves using solid figures. We will continue to investigate fractions next week.
We read Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco. This story tells about a loving grandmother who helps her grandchild overcome her fear of thunderstorms by making a thunder cake from scratch. The story is set on a family farm, so the two set out to collect all the ingredients from various parts of the farm. As the storm approaches they see the lightning flash and then count to figure out the storm’s distance. Just as the storm arrives at their location the cake is finished and they sit down together to enjoy tea and cake. The grandmother praises her grandchild for being brave and reminds her of all the brave things she did that day. Ask your child what other fears the girl overcomes in the story.
After reading we were all excited to try some thunder cake. Fortunately, two wonderful parents volunteered and we sampled some delicious thunder cake on Friday. Ask your child about the secret ingredient in Thunder Cake. You can find the recipe on the recipes tab.
Our phonics lessons focused on suffixes. We learned when to double the consonant when adding “ing” or “ed” to a base word. We also learned about silent letters in words such as knob, light, and lamb.
Thanks to the Nordstrom Meet the Masters program we attended an art lesson based on the the colorful, imaginary world of Russian born Marc Chagall. Students made their own Chagall inspired artwork. Click the link below to visit the artist’s collection online.