What are we learning this week?

Weeks of April 30th - May 25th

Important dates:
May 1 Benchmark 4
May 9th Field Trip to Powell Gardens
May 23 Field Trip to Zoo
May 25 Last day (early dismissal)

READING - We are on our final ELA unit. We are reading the novel Because of Winn-Dixie. We will be applying ALL of the reading strategies and skills that we have learned this year as we read this wonderful novel. 

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 will focus on 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 is reviewing and writing all our types of paragraphs. 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 and preparing for our spelling bee the last week of May. 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 working on geometry, time and fractions. 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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