No School December 17 - Teacher Work Day
EPR’s Released on December 17
December 20-January 3: Winter Break
School resumes Tuesday, January 4th
Students are continuing to grow knowledge as they read non-fiction text. The following are skills that students are learning and practicing in this unit of study:
Paying attention to details
Putting the parts of one text together
Thinking of what a section and a book are teaching
Reading several books on a topic to grow knowledge
Noticing parts of the texts that go together
Spotting differences between texts on the same topic
Looking out for keywords and using the whole page to figure out what they mean
Looking for and using text features to support understanding
Rereading like an expert
We are continuing our Informational Writing Unit. Students have planned and wrote their own chapter books on topics they are experts on. Some of our teaching points have included:
Planning with a Table of Contents
Drafting and Revising With Feedback
Studying Mentor Texts
Addressing an Audience with Strong Introductions and Conclusions
Editing with a Checklist
We will wrap up our Informational Writing Unit before Winter Break, and celebrate all of our hard work as informational writers!
In topic 6, we are continuing to learn subtraction strategies, with an emphasis on developing fluency to 100. In addition to subtraction, we will continue to focus on the mathematical practices of precision, making sense of problems and persevering to solve them and constructing viable arguments to explain our mathematical thinking. Over the next few weeks, students will:
Subtract one and two digit numbers using models to help them visualize the regrouping concept.
Subtract using partial differences
Solve one and two-step subtraction problems.
Please continue to review your child’s daily math worksheets and practice fact fluency using the flash cards that were sent home last fall.
When we return from Winter Break we will begin our unit on Famous Americans. Student’s will be choosing a Famous American to study in depth and write a report using the information they have gathered through reading texts, EPIC and many other online resources.
In Fundations Unit 4, students will continue to review:
Students will learn how to:
They will read the base word of a word first.
Then, they will read the whole word with the suffix added. For example, for the word crunches, students will respond crunch-crunches.
For spelling, they will learn to isolate, say, and spell the base word of a word before adding a suffix. For example, when we dictate the word crunches, students will repeat the whole word, crunches, then isolate the base word saying crunch, and then after it is spelled, they will add the suffix -es.
It is so exciting to see the progress students are making in their spelling. Please continue to practice our Fundations Spelling patterns by completing weekly homework along with practicing the spelling of trick words.Your child is expected to spell all of these words correctly in isolation and in their daily writing. The words your child isn’t able to spell automatically are words worth practicing at home. Please refer to the list you were given at Conferences for more grade level trick words.