Reading/Language Arts

This week we begin to use strategies that help children connect to comprehending what they are reading. Our first concept is on metacognition. This is when students are noticing and naming their thinking. In class, students will be aware of how they think about their own thinking. We will do this through modeling as a class and with one another. Spending time noticing, naming and exploring metacognition will allow students to engage in richer conversations. Ask your child to share with you what the Reading Salad is all about. Another strategy we will work on this week is cross checking. Cross checking means students try reading the word and then ask themselves these three questions:

  1. Does what I just read look right? (Take one arm and cross it over our body so our hand is on the opposite shoulder)
  2. Does it sound right? (We take the other hand and cross it over our body to the opposite shoulder so that we have a cross in front of us)
  3. Does it make sense? (Both arms drop down to our sides)

Last week the students learned two of the three ways to read a book. One way is look at the pictures and the other way is to read the text. The third way is retell the story.

Or writing focus this week will be on sentence structure. Students will identify if it is a sentence or a fragment.

Math

What does a Mathematician do? Our class will brainstorm characteristics of mathematicians and create our own. Graphing will also be introduced this week with bar, line, circle, picture, and tally graphs. We end the week with a Skittles activity on graphing!

Science/Social Studies

This year I will be teaching science to my homeroom and Mrs. Niedermeyer’s homeroom. She will be teaching social studies to your children this year.