This week we continue to set up our Daily 5 routines. Students are working hard to build stamina while reading. Our focus will be on learning how to select a book that is just right. Ask your child to share with you the five finger rule when selecting a book. We will also learn the strategy that reminds students to back up and reread when they are not sure about what they just read. 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:
- Does what I just read look right? (Take one arm and cross it over our body so our hand is on the opposite shoulder)
- 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)
- 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.
Students will be introduced to the vocabulary in our Wonders unit this week but will not take the spelling test until next Friday. Those words will be passed out next Monday.
Math About Me posters will be created in the beginning of the week. Students will create a poster that consists of their house number, height, head circumference, number of family members, zip code, and letters in their name. Along with this we will work on our math fluency program titled Xtra Math. This program promotes fluency and will be used daily in the classroom. On Wednesday, we begin our unit on multiplication! I will pre-assess the students to see where they are at on this concept. This will help me to see where the levels are in the classroom and plan accordingly. The rest of the week in math will consist of hands on modeling of multiplication and showing how multiplication is repeated addition. Each night the students will come home with their Simple Solutions math book and sometimes a My Math homework sheet.
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. Our first unit will begin with some science inquiry and then we will move on to rocks and minerals.
Please sign your child’s assignment notebook and calendar in red folder each night when it comes home.