Weekly Updates!

Mrs. Reynolds' Class, March 14-18

Important Dates

*Sight Word Song Caroling, Friday March 18th, various FCPA classrooms

*Spring Break, March 21-April 4 (school does not resume until Tuesday April 5)

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Sight Words

Each word listed in the "words we know" column a student should be able to read, write, spell, and say with ease and automaticity. These are words that students can help read if you are exploring books at night. Each week we will add two more sight words to our "Words we know" list.

Words We Know:

*I *a *we *it

*to *the *go *are

*and *like *you *can

*he *she *said *have

*was *for *here *is

*of *me *my *on

*play *see *that *they

*with *an *at *do

*has *big *small *in

*it *down *up *yes

*no *not *this

Words We Are Learning This Week:



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Reading Workshop

Students will learn to use a variety of nonfiction text structures in order to ask and answer questions about nonfiction text.

Students will be encouraged to:

*recognize and use text features (table of contents, index, headings, bold words, glossary, captions, etc.)

*use evidence from the text to support their answers

*compare fiction and nonfiction texts

*use prior knowledge to support the meaning of text

*determine the author's purpose for writing a text

*determine when they have made an error decoding ("Does it look right?", "Does it sound right?", "Does it make sense?")

Writing Workshop

Students will learn the key features of nonfiction writing in order to create writing pieces that teach others.

Students will be encouraged to:

*number the steps/directions in their story

*use headings or titles when creating pages

*number the pages of a book

*add labels to illustrations (diagrams)

*create realistic illustrations

*create an entire story on a cohesive topic

*include text features in their writing (table of contents, bold words, headings, etc.)

*make pages with pictures and words that match

*write down as many sounds as they hear in a word (it doesn't need to be perfect)

*use correct letter formation

*use punctuation at the end of each sentence

*put spaces between each word

*spell ALL sight words correctly

Listen to this wonderful mathematician talk about how he solved a start unknown problem! (password: fishback)

Math Workshop

Students will learn to identify a whole number as a combination of two parts in order to understand the principles of addition and subtraction.

Students will be encouraged to:

*model addition equations using manipulatives

*represent one number in a variety of ways (e.g.: 5=1+4, 5=2+3, 5=0+5)

*appropriately use mathematical symbols (+ - =)

*use mathematically appropriate language when talking about addition and subtraction (digit, addend, sum, difference, equation, number sentence, etc.)

*verbalize their math ideas to a partner or group

*record their thinking in a math journal using pictures AND words

Students play Roll, Add & Cover for fact fluency (password: fishback)