Weeks of April 24-28 and May 1-5
Football Field dedication Tuesday afternoon, April 25th!
Spring Concert also April 25th from 6-6:45!
READING - We are on our FINAL ELA unit! We will be applying all our reading strategies from this year as we read the wonderful novel Because of Winn Dixie. We will be focusing on: Character traits and using evidence to support our trait choice, compare and contrast, cause and effect, using context clues with new vocabulary, summarizing, and differentiating main idea and details.
In guided reading each student goes through four stations. One station is typically independent reading, one station is with me getting small group instruction at their reading level, one station is independent seatwork (working independently on the focus skills, grammar, comprehension, spelling, writing), and one is iPads (one day for phonics/decoding, reading comprehension, vocab, and writing.)
ENGLISH- We will be writing a LOT with this unit, and we will be writing persuasive, narrative, and expository paragraphs. (We are continuing to master and perfect our knowing a paragraph contains a topic sentence, supporting details with transition words, a closing, complete sentences, and shows great vocabulary and conventions).
In grammar we are focusing on the apostrophe and how we use it for contractions and to show possession. We will continue to review nouns, verbs and adjectives as well as continuing to make sure our sentences have proper conventions and agreement. Figurative language will also be discussed this last quarter. (Similes, Metaphors, Alliteration, Onomatopeia)
PHONICS-We are reviewing vowel teams. We will also do word work in which we review our consonant-vowel-consonant rule, vowel tags, magic e, r controlled, rules etc. as well as the long vowel sounds a (ai, ay, eigh) e (ee, ea, ey, ei) i (igh, y, ie), o (oa, oe, ow) and u (ew, ue, oo, ui).
MATH- We are reviewing for our final benchmark! We continue working with "t-charts" to solve math word problems (highlighting measurement problems now) and "Simple Solutions" to practice of all our math standards. We will also be mastering telling time to the hour and minute.
Kids can practice math with "Ten Marks" for math practice at home. The link is on my website. There are assignments they can complete each week. They can also practice math facts on the facts links. Math facts MUST be memorized by now. Some still do not know their facts, and it has been affecting their speed and accuracy in their computation.
SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES- In Social Studies we are comparing different communities over time periods from past to present. In Science we will be investigating a problem and trying to solve it with a new tool or object we create.