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Learning at School

What are we Learning in January?

 

 Reading:

We are reviewing the following skills:

1.  We are continuing guided reading.  Your child meets with a teacher in a small group for 15 minutes every day. 

2.  Target Skills--there are many of them!  We are working on the following skills:

*  er/est endings

*  "Bossy R":  ar, er, ir, or, ur (e.g., star, water, bird, worm, horse, turtle)

*  verbs:  words that show action

*  suffixes:  ly, y endings

*  dictionary skills:  using a dictionary to spell or define a word

*  prefixes

*  grammar:  past/future tense (e.g., I went to the store, I will go to the store)

*  syllabication:  breaking words into syllables 

3.  Comprehension Skills--there are many of these also!  We are working on the following comprehension skills:

*  Summarizing:  being able to combine the most important events from a story and tell what happened in a few sentences. When you can tell what's important and what's not...when you can tell what the whole point of the story is...when you can use your own words to tell what happened in a story...that's summarizing!!

*  Visualization:  having a picture in your head as you read.  When you read a story and it makes you hungry...when you read a paragraph and you can picture exactly how the scene looks...when you read a sentence and you can hear how they're saying it...that's visualization!!

  *  Asking Questions:  wondering about what you're reading.  When you read a story and you wonder why on earth they would do that...when you read a paragraph and you want to know what's going to happen next...when you read a sentence and you want to know who they're talking about...that's asking questions!! 

*  Monitor and Clarify:  being able to know when you need to go back and check.  When you read a story and realize that you didn't quite understand it...when you read a paragraph and you go back to a different section to help it make more sense...that's monitoring and clarifying!!

*  Inferring:  being able to take what you read and put it together with what you know to make a good guess.  When you read a story and can predict what is going to happen next...when you read a paragraph and can guess what they're describing...when you read a sentence and know who they're talking about...that's inferring!! 

*  Synthesizing:  being able to take what you read, your inferences, and your questions and put them all together to create new knowledge.  When you read a story and can now understand why...when you read a paragraph and can tell what you have learned...when you read a sentence and it gives you a new idea...that's synthesizing!!

 

Writing:

1.  We will review the Six (+1) Traits of Writing.  They are:  Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, (and Presentation).  This is something the whole school is doing in every grade level!

2.  We are discussing the writing process, starting with Prewriting (brainstorming), Drafting (getting your ideas down), Revising (making changes to your writing), Editing (fixing it up), and Publishing (making it pretty).

3.  We are introducing the parts of speech and how they relate to sentences.  We will be reviewing 5 parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, and preposition) and then putting them into the correct order to create complete sentences.

4.  Students will be working on a creative writing project as they study the author Chris Van Allsburg. 

Math:

1.  We are working on Unit 5, which is all about place value of both big numbers (5 digits) and decimals.

2.  Some of the specific concepts we will be studying are:

*  Determining the correct placement of numbers when given the amounts (e.g., 8 hundreds, 3 tens, 9 ones = 839)

*  Writing a number with digits when given the words (e.g., two hundred ninety seven = 297)

*  Identifying the value of a digit (e.g., the 8 in 45,856 = 8 hundreds)

*  Comparing big numbers to determine which is bigger

*  Writing and reading decimals in the correct form 

3.  We are also working on mastering subtraction facts.  We are continuing to review addition facts and we are starting to think about easy multiplication facts (x0, x1, x2, x5, x10).

 

 

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