I hope everyone enjoyed your Christmas Break and had a fun snow day. This is a very important time of the year in which we are working hard toward making sure all students are on level and stay on level. If students are not on level at this point in the year it is extremely important for them to get extra help from home in order to catch up and be able to progress to the next grade level. Report cards will go home Wednesday. If your child is below level, I will be requesting a conference so we can create a plan to help get him or her on level.
In reading for the next few weeks we will be working on the comprehension strategy of making inferences. Making inferences is using the clues from the pictures and text in the reading to figure out what the author does not directly say. Making inferences helps readers make sense of the text and builds interest as they read. This is a strategy you should practice at home with your child with each book you read with them. For example, if you see a picture in a story of a family standing with a suitcase you could ask your child, “What do you know about suitcases?” “What do you think the author wants us to know about this family?”
In math we will be working on place value and relating place value to addition and subtraction. We will be finding a 10 when adding and subtracting two numerals. For example 9+5 can also be thought of as 10+4. Finding a 10 will help students add and subtract quickly in their head.
In science for the next couple of weeks students will be researching endangered animals and writing an informative report on the animal they have chosen. We will do much of this work as a group but writing the report will be an individual assignment. Students will also create a shoebox habitat of their chosen animal and create a commercial to convince others to help change actions that are causing these animals to become endangered.
As always, your help and support from home is so appreciated and is more important than ever from this point of the year on.
Thank you so much!