Last week I attended a training and received curriculum materials for the Touch Math program, and I am excited to introduce the concept to students and their families. The skills that can be taught with Touch Math range from number identification and counting to adding and subtracting, multiplication and division, even fractions, money and time. So this will be a great tool for building students’ math skills. For more information, please go to www.touchmath.com . Also for Math we continued working on money skills, including making change. For Writing, students worked on their Autumn Theme books as writers’ responses to nonfiction read-alouds about the Autumn season, leaves and plants. For Reading, students read nonfiction Reading A-Z titles in their Reading Groups, and did the reading comprehension and literacy activities.
This week we are learning Touch Math’s basic concept of “Touch Points”, and how to use them to count up and count back. We are also working on the Number Corner skills for October, including place value, minutes on an analog clock, ways to add coins to a certain amount, and leaf patterns on the calendar. For Writing, we are continuing working on our Autumn Books. For Reading, students are reading fiction titles about Autumn and doing the literacy activities in their Reading Groups. Reading groups will also get to read the projectable versions of their stories to the rest of the class. For Art, we will learn step-by-step how to draw some of Ed Emberly’s “Weirdos” and other kooky characters.