Wow! We are already halfway through the 1st marking period! The students have been BUSY. We have been working on skills such as determining the main idea and finding key details from the text, describing characters and assigning character traits based on their actions, and discussing the story elements. We’ve read a variety of books to practice these skills. Some of our favorites have been Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and The Night I Followed My Dog.
In the coming weeks we will continue to work on story elements as well as sequencing events from the text. Students will be reading books on their reading level from a computer program called RAZ-Kids to practice the skills. We’ll be doing a fun craft to show our understanding as well!
During our Language Arts block, students have been working on writing paragraphs. We are using a technique called the “Hamburger Style.” Last week we read a non-fiction book about various animals and the students chose one of those animals to write a 5 sentence paragraph about. After completing a graphic organizer with the topic sentence, details, and a closing sentence, students wrote the paragraph on lined paper. I was so impressed with how hard the students worked on the final products! We will continue to work on paragraph writing in different formats (narratives, how-to, etc.) in the coming weeks.
Two weeks ago students completed their first spelling test. This coming week will be our second spelling test. Just as a reminder our spelling program is from Words Their Way. Students are given word lists based on their needs as a speller. We discuss the words and patterns within the words together and practice sorting them in class. Students also get to work with partners to sort and play games with their words. After a week of practicing in school, the words are sent home for independent study. Please let me know if your child is struggling at home with sorting! At the end of the independent study week, we take our test. The cycle then continues the following week with a new set of words.
Students should continue to read for 15 minutes each night and fill out their reading log. We will begin the Book-It program this week! Our monthly goal is to read each night and have it recorded on the the reading log. If students reach that goal, they get the Book-It certificate for the month! A paper will be coming home tomorrow (10/2) with more information!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!