- January 18th: NO SCHOOL
- January 21st: NO SCHOOL
In this next reading unit, a major focus is on reading fluency as they encounter longer texts. Students will focus on reading in phrases with appropriate expression, at a just right pace. Students will also pay attention to literary language in texts. They will notice when an author plays with words or uses comparisons. We will explore some poetry as we dig into literary language. As students encounter longer texts, it is important that they “hold on” to the different parts of the text so they are able to understand the book as a whole. Continuing to jot thoughts down on sticky notes, sharing ideas with a partner, and rereading are critical reading behaviors. Students will continue to set goals and monitor those goals.
We will wrap up our Informational Writing Unit during the first two weeks of January, then move on to our Opinion Writing Unit. In this unit students will:
- Form an opinion about a book
- At least two reasons for the opinion, and write sentences to support each reason
- Try to convince the reader of the opinion
- Write an ending to remind readers of their opinion
As students edit their pieces, they should use correct punctuation, appropriate capitalization, and correct spelling of no excuse words and words from their weekly sorts.
Our study of place value, addition and subtraction has continued this month. Students and classrooms are diving into the hands-on practice of building and decomposing numbers through place value, utilizing addition and subtraction stories to combine, separate and compare.
- Using a place value model to represent a 2-digit number as tens and ones
- Finding as many combinations of a 2-digit number as possible, using only tens and ones
- Recognizing that different combinations of tens and ones for the same number are equivalent ie. 4 tens and 6 ones, are equivalent to 3 tens and 16 ones
- Identifying and using coin equivalencies to compose 2- digit numbers
- Determining the difference between a number and multiple of 10 up to 100
HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATH
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It is so exciting to see the progress students are making in their spelling. Students were given a spelling inventory before Thanksgiving break and some students moved into different groups based on the results of their assessment, weekly spelling test scores, and spelling quizzes. Spelling groups were formed based on their understanding of spelling patterns. Please continue to support your child by making sure that their word sorts are practiced daily along with the 5 “No Excuse Words” and challenge word of the week. Using the sorts throughout the week helps your child develop the spelling pattern they are working on for the week.
SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES
In science, wrapped up our learning on forces and motion and are moving on to weather. We will focus on:
- Conducting weather experiments
- Observing changes in weather over time
- Becoming familiar with instruments meteorologists use to monitor weather conditions
- Exploring the various types of clouds and the the weather they bring
- Gaining an understanding of the water cycle
- Gaining an understanding of how weather and changing seasons impact people, animals, and plants
- Gathering and analyzing data on the weather in different locations and in different seasons
- Analyzing the ways severe weather contributes to catastrophic events (floods, wildfires, etc.)