What are we learning this week?

Weeks of April 16th and 23rd

Important dates:
Poetry Cafe April 19th

READING - We are finishing up our poetry and plays unit. We will be learning poetry and play terms (ie stanza, rhyme, rhythm, stage directions, dialogue, scenes) and each student will write a short scene of a play as well as an original poem.

Continued skills we will build upon: Non-Fiction text features. Using the text to find answers and support our opinions. Using text to determine and support character traits as well as understand how a character changes in a story. Sequencing and summarizing a story or a chapter using a "Five Finger Talk." (First, then, next, also or after, last, etc.) Differentiating the main idea from details. Using context clues to determine new word meaning.

In GUIDED READING each student goes through four stations. 
-IPads (vocabulary, writing, phonics, and comprehension skills development)
-Chromebooks (Raz-Kids and Reading Eggs)
-Mrs. Truog (small group reading by individual levels, based on SRI and F and P results)
-Seatwork (writing, spelling, comprehension, grammar)

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS- We are working on the different uses of the apostrophe (contractions, possession). We will also be reviewing nouns, verbs and adjectives. We will introduce figurative language.

In writing we write paragraphs weekly as we learn the characteristics of and discuss what makes a good paragraph (topic sentence, supporting detail sentences with transition words, a closing, complete sentences, showing great vocabulary and conventions). We have been learning about the difference between a narrative, persuasive and informational paragraph. Focus this month will be on writing a poem and a scene from a play. There are also reader responses with writing during the week. Finally, we also write friendly letters with pen pals from another school at least once a month!

PHONICS- We are working on dipthongs. We will also review old phonics rules. (Complex endings, prefixes, suffixes, doubling the consonant when the vowel is short, vowel teams, soft c/g, complex fronts, syllable rules etc.)

MATH-  We are finishing up interpreting data with different kinds of graphs (line plots, pictographs, bar graphs, pie charts, etc). Also, we continue to practice our the "number of the day" for practice on 1/10/100 more/less of a number, written and expanded form, and skip counting. We create our "t-charts" daily to solve math word problems and "Simple Solutions" to practice of all our math standards.  

Kids can work on "Reading Eggs," "Raz Kids," "Ten Marks," and "Front Row" programs at home on their tablet or computer. The links are on my website. They can also practice addition and subtraction math facts on the facts links. Math facts MUST be memorized.

SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES-  In Social Studies we will be learning about American Symbols, and in Science we will be studying the life cycle and parts of a plant.
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