Toka Nuwaƞ Wayawa Tipi (Enemy Swim Day School) K-2 Newsletter
Last updated 2/16/2021 at 4:05pm
Taku Uƞkospekte he? What Are We Learning?
Mrs. Aker and Mrs. Torres Kindergarten
Math: It's so nice to have all our students back on campus. They all were so greatly missed! The Kindergarten students have been learning more about symbols and equations. They have learned to solve Math problems using different addition and subtraction strategies. They have also expanded their counting and number identification skills using Dakota Iapi as well. Social Studies: The Kindergarten class has completed the Economics Unit this quarter. They studied the difference between needs and wants. The class made posters to show things that they want and things that they need. The class compared the posters and drew conclusions about the differences. Science: The Kindergarten class focused on the Life Science standards this quarter. The students were able to develop an understanding of what plants, animals, and humans need to survive and the relationship between needs and wants to where plants, animals, and humans live. They also explored how humans can make choices to help protect the environment. Literacy: The Kindergarten class has a lot going on during Literacy time! They have worked on comprehension skills including sequence, cause and effect, and classify and categorize. They are also learning what makes a complete sentence. This has included when to use capital letters and punctuation marks as well. The class has also continued to blend sounds to read and write many words.
Mr. Herrick Kindergarten
As we all know, we have had a different learning experience this year. From on-campus to remote learning and now back on campus. Our kindergarten class has still continued to show knowledge growth. Literacy: The kindergarten has been continuously working on letter and word identification, as well as, letter sounds through our Dakota language. We also have been working extremely hard on enhancing our Dakota speaking ability. Math: In math the kindergarten class has been mastering addition and subtraction word problems and are currently learning additions of 10's. Also, we have been understanding numbers in groups as well as understanding the "greater than & less than" concept.Dakota: In Dakota culture and language classes we have been reviewing our animals, numbers, body parts, and now our food groups. We not only have been understanding vocabulary but also implementing common speech through our Dakota language. Example sentence structures - I see, I have, I like, along with said vocabulary. Our kindergarten students have been working so very hard in every aspect of school, learning how to speak, comprehend, and write in our Dakota language. I am so very grateful, thankful, and proud to be sharing this learning experience with your students so far.
Ms. Dreyer First Grade
Math: In math, our class is continuing to work on building our skills with addition and subtractions equations/ word problems. We have also started to learn about money, time, shapes, and measurement. Each day our class is eager to learn a new math concept while spiraling in previously learned materials! Literacy: In literacy, our class is working on learning diagraph sounds and conquering different parts of speech. We are also working on improving our fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Currently, we are reading a nonfiction text about different parts of the zoo and the students love to learn about the different animals! Science: Our class is going to begin working on our science fair project. We are going to study the effects of sound on plants. Blended Learning: The students have enjoyed working through Google Classroom to perform many different activities and complete worksheets on their IPads. We also use I-Ready as an intervention program through the IPads.
Mrs. Thuringer First Grade
Literacy: Our first graders are working hard on becoming good readers. In phonics, we have a big focus on reading and writing our vowel digraphs and spelling patterns. We are currently reading nonfiction passages and finding main ideas and details. The students have also been developing their writing skills as we write to tell a story. Core Knowledge: We are studying Ancient Civilizations and learning about Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. This unit is giving our students a lot of insight into the development of writing and the importance of the written word. Another important concept is understanding that civilizations grew along rivers. Math: We continue to strengthen our skills in operations and algebraic thinking as we work with base ten blocks to understand ones and tens. Science: The first graders have their science project underway. In a connection to our unit of Ancient Civilizations, we have learned that crops were grown along rivers where the soil was enriched from flood events and irrigation. With this information, we are investigating the quality of soil and the effects of plant growth.
Mrs. Busche 2nd Grade
Math: As we are transitioning back into school, our main focus in math has been 3-digit numbers. While we realize each digit's value, we are comparing, ordering, and even adding and subtracting these larger numbers. Some of us are even noticing the patterns and beginning to apply them to 4-digit numbers! As we close out the month, our next stop will be two-step word problems. Literacy: We started the new year off by writing some New Year's resolutions; including some for both in and out of school. As our reading skills grow, so does our love for reading. We are finding new interests while we continue to read about the activities children from around the world 'excel' in. Other focuses in literacy have been synonyms and antonyms, common and proper nouns, singular and plural nouns, and the writing process. Science: We are very excited to be learning about the different habitats that house plants and animals. Some focuses have been on plants and animals living in rainforests, deserts, prairies, oceans and arctic habitats. We have found many animals we had not seen before, especially in the rainforest! Each of us chose a desert animal to do a research report on, which allowed us to realize how different animals adapt to their unique habitats.
Mrs. Lefebre 2nd Grade
Literacy: In second grade we continue to review sight words and introduce new vowel teams and consonant clusters. We are currently working on writing personal narratives, which the students are excited about. They recently learned the 5Ws that they will use while writing their personal narratives. We are just finishing our reading unit which is titled: Kid's Excel. In this unit, they read about kids who excel in a variety of things from spelling, to sports and also art. This unit also focused on antonyms and synonyms, plural nouns, common nouns, proper nouns, and a variety of sound/spelling correspondences. Math: Due to some needed one-on-one intervention, I postponed most of the two- and three-digit addition and subtraction until after remote learning. This way I was able to work with them one-on-one and in small groups so that they can better grasp these concepts. During remote learning, we completed our units on geometry and money as well as solving word problems involving money and working with picture and bar graphs. During the upcoming weeks, we will be finishing our units on two- and three-digit numbers. Social Studies: We transitioned from science to social studies at the beginning of the second semester. In the next week, we will begin a geography unit where students will be able to construct a map and describe its features as well as explain how local communities are part of a larger region and describe characteristics of their communities and region. Science: We will begin our science fair experiment very soon. I am excited to see what we can learn and come up with for our hypothesis and conclusion. The experiment I have planned should be of very high interest to them. Writing: In writing, we continue to work on capitalization, punctuation, and writing complete sentences with subjects and predicates. Students use proofreader's marks and can fix basic errors in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation in simple sentences. The writing process of planning, drafting, and editing is a large part of what is happening in writing right now. The process of planning is done on a graphic organizer, then they use what they wrote on the graphic organizer to draft paragraphs. This is where the 5Ws from reading become very helpful as well. Last, they edit their writing using a checklist for punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and inclusion of characters, setting, and plot. Lastly, I edit for them, and they rewrite the final draft. In the very near future, I would like to collaborate with Mrs. Fish in computers so that they can type their personal narratives in Microsoft Word.