What are we learning this week?

Week of August 21-25th

Important Dates:
Monday - No School ECLIPSE (be safe!)
Tuesday-Benchmark 1 Math assessment

READING - We have begun our first ELA unit: FABLES. We will be reading many fables and learning the characteristics of a fable as well as incorporating our first few reading strategies/skills: Using the text to find answers and support our opinions. Using text to determine and defend character traits. We have begun also working on using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words.

We will also be assessing each student to determine reading levels. Once we get that complete, we can individualize reading instruction for guided reading. 

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 your child's reading level, one station is independent seatwork (working independently on the focus skills that week, grammar, comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, or writing, etc.), and one is iPads (one day for phonics/decoding, reading comprehension, vocab, and writing.)

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS- We will begin grammar with nouns. In writing we will also begin reviewing what makes a good sentence and then progress right into knowing a what a paragraph is and what makes a good paragraph (contains a topic sentence, supporting detail sentences with transition words, a closing, complete sentences, showing great vocabulary and conventions). Writing topics this week include assigning and defending a character trait of a character in a fable by using the text.

PHONICS-We will be assessing all the basic FAST phonics sounds and starting our first phonics lesson after that.

MATH-  We have begun place value, and understanding the many ways to write a number: expanded form, word form, using ones, tens, hundred blocks, etc. We have begun the "number of the day" for practice on number sense. We will begin to introduce "t-charts" to solve math word problems and "Simple Solutions" to practice of all our math standards. 

Kids will soon be able to practice reading and math at home with "Reading Eggs" and "Ten Marks" programs. 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. Some still do not know their facts, and it has been affecting their speed and accuracy in their computation.

SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES-  In Science we will be studying how to build bridges. In Social Studies we will be studying African and Native American folktales.
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