Reading- In the beginning of the year, students are getting into the routines of Reader's Workshop. During this time, students are practicing their stamina (reading or writing without stopping and getting off task). We will be continuing with whole group "practice" rounds until students have learned the skills and can work independently enough to have center rotations. Our reading skills that we will be reviewing and learning are story elements (characters, setting, problem and solution) for fiction texts and features for non fiction texts (table of contents, glossary, index, graphics). We will be doing weekly Daily Read and Writes (DRWs) to learn how to answer questions in a text and write with a prompt. Currently, Unit 2 for reading is teaching students how to analyze characters and visualize to help them understand the story. We will also continue to review non fiction text features throughout the year. I will be expecting students to start answering the questions in complete sentences and writing with these 5 points in mind: capitalization, punctuation, correct spacing, correct letter formation and complete sentences
Writing- Writing happens daily in our room as a part of Reader's Workshop. Some days we will write using a prompt and other days students will be able to have free write. As stated above for my expectations of DRWs, students will be focusing on their grammar skills. Each morning we practice and review grammar skills in our Morning Work books and are quizzed on those skills on Fridays. We have been working on our personal narrative unit. We talk about a small moment that has happened in their life. I will be teaching them the writing process from generating ideas all the way to publishing our final copies. We will be learning about nouns, adjectives and verbs in our grammar rule lessons.
Math- Unit 3: Number Sense and Computation #2 (throughout the year we will have 5 Number Sense and Computation units that build and review the skills from the previous unit and grade level). This unit has the students reviewing doubles, basic addition and subtraction and learning new skills like place value (ones and tens), rounding to the nearest, comparing numbers to 99 and continuing to improve on our problem solving strategies (UPSC). We will finish up and test before Thanksgiving break.
Social Studies- In October we finished our Famous Americans unit. Our next unit will be on Economics.
Science- We are working on the magnets unit. The students will learn about the north and south pole and how they attract or repel. We will also experiment with magnets to see what in the world around us is magnetic. We will be testing on Nov. 16, 2016.
Class Schedule: Encore
9:00 Morning Work/Announcements Day 1 guidance/library
9:30 11:15 Language Arts Day 2 Art
11:16-11:46 Lunch/Recess (11:50-12:10) Day 3 PE
12:15 Core Extension (Language Arts) Day 4 music
12:45 Encore (Specials) Day 5 PE
3:00 Science/Social Studies
Important dates in November
1- End of Quarter 1
4- NO SCHOOL/Teacher Work Day
7- Parent -Teacher Conferences 12-8pm
8- NO SCHOOL/Election Day
11- NO SCHOOL/Veteran's Day
16- Report Cards Sent Home
18- Fall Picture Day Make-Up
23-25 NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving Break
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