Reading - Learning About the World: Reading Nonfiction
This week students are really getting started as nonfiction readers. Students are taking sneak peeks in their nonfiction stories before they read so that they can begin learning stuff about their topic before they even read! We are also practicing our new skill of studying one page to learn so much. Students can linger on a page and use the pictures to find more details and information that accompany the text. Students can slow down in their reading and name what they see before they turn the page. This helps students get even smarter about the topic!
The two new comprehension strategies we are learning this week are: readers learn more by chatting about what is happening & readers reread to make sure they understand their books. Chatting about what is happening will help students bring the information on the page to life. Students should use images on the page or in their heads to imagine what is happening just before and right after the part they're reading. This inferential thinking will help students envision the information and learn more from the text. Remind students that when readers finish a book, they should try to remember the whole book, not just the individual parts. Students reread to put the parts of their books together! Students retell well when they: name the topic, give two examples from the book, and say why or how the information is important.
Writing - Nonfiction Chapter Books: Writing Teaching Books with Independence
We are beginning a new unit for writing this week that will prepare children to write information texts. This unit takes children on a writing journey that builds in sophistication. It begins with the instruction in how to make a basic type of information book -- a picture book -- and ends with children creating multiple information chapter books, filled with elaboration, interesting text elements, and pictures that supplement the teaching of the words.
Our sessions this week are: Writers Get Ready to Write by Teaching All About a Topic & Writers Tell Information across Their Fingers, Sketch, then Write. You can help your student prepare for these sessions by reminding them that they are experts who have many lessons to share. Read nonfiction, information texts to your students to expose them to this type of writing.
Please always make sure to practice writing in complete sentences. This includes: capital letters at the beginning of sentences, spaces in between each word, correct punctuation at the end, and trying your very best to sound out tricky words!
Math - Place Value: Expanded Form
Expanded form is a spread out way to write a number by showing the value of each individual digit forming the number.
56 = 50 + 6
121 = 100 + 20 + 1
Fun practice at home: give students a two-digit or three-digit number up to 120, allow student to compose the number by drawing rods and units (tens and ones), then students can tell you the value of each digit by writing the number in expanded form.
Social Studies - Landforms and Bodies of Water
Students must identify and describe landforms (mountain, valley, hill, plain, etc) and bodies of water (ocean, lake, river). To reach mastery of this skill students need to be able to identify and describe defining characteristics of landforms and bodies of water. Show students illustrations and actual photographs of these different landforms and bodies of water. Talk about what makes each one different than the other!