- April 20 - no school
During Reader’s Workshop we are continuing to strengthen students’ knowledge and application of thinking strategies. We will continue to summarize and synthesize our reading, but will also begin to practice visualizing and inferring. Visualizing is the ability to “make a movie in our mind” while reading and is such an important strategy to deepen understanding. Inferring is “reading between the lines” - using the information we read from a text and using what we already know (background knowledge) to discover something new about a character or event.
It is important to monitor our comprehension by using these strategies and all of the strategies we have been exploring this school year. We will also continue to work on reading fluency, building stamina as a reader, and making sure that we are reading a book that is just right for us.
We will continue working on Informational Writing. In March, we focused on writing lab reports as we engaged in various experiments that helped strengthen our knowledge base on force and motion. As we move forward, students will explore writing informational texts. The ideas that they choose will also incorporate our science learning about force and motion as they use vocabulary like friction, gravity, pushes, and pulls in their writing.
Here are some (of many) examples of topics students may choose to teach readers about:
- Cleaning the house
- Taking care of a dog
Our studies will focus on place value this month as students decompose, compare, add, and subtract 3 digit numbers. Students are also refining their addition and subtraction strategies, including solving story problems, and working towards accurate and efficient strategies that can be generalized to greater numbers.
These are some of our focus points:
- Identifying the value of each number in a 3 digit number - in 354, the 3=300, 5=50, 4=4 ones
- Representing 3 digit numbers in expanded form - 354 is written as 300+50+4
- Comparing 3 digit numbers (>, <, =)
- Adding 10 or 100 and subtracting 10 or 100 from a given number and noticing the pattern / changes
- Noticing how the digit in the tens place changes when the addends in the ones place sum to greater than 10
- Relating single digit combinations (8+2=10) to multiple digit combinations (80+20=100)
- Solving 1 and 2 step story problems by visualizing and representing the problem
- Using different coins to find equivalent values
- Finding combinations of coins that equal $1.00
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It is so exciting to see the progress students are making in their spelling. Students were given a spelling inventory either right before or after spring break. As a result, some students moved into different groups based on the results of their assessment, weekly spelling test scores, and spelling quizzes. Spelling groups were formed based on their understanding of spelling patterns. Newly formed groups start the week of April 2. Please continue to support your child by making sure that his/her word sorts are practiced daily along with the 5 “No Excuse Words” and challenge word of the week. Using the sorts throughout the week helps your child develop, concretely, the spelling pattern they are working on for the week.
SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES
In science, we are wrapping up our focus on force and motion and will move into learning about Habitats. In our studies, we will explore how plants and animals use the resources in their habitats to survive. We will discuss the various adaptations plants and animals possess in each habitat.