Mrs. Lahr's Classroom News
Authors write books for three main reasons: to inform, to entertain, and to persuade. Knowing why an author writes a book helps us understand why we read certain books.
The children learned how to identify the main idea and supporting details of a text. Knowing how to identify the main idea and details helps us understand what we read and why we are reading it.
Understanding main idea and supporting details makes us better writers. It helps us know how to create a beginning sentence and support it with important details. We used what we learned about main idea and details to create "Writing Webs." Using the writing webs, the children were able to create informational pieces of writing that hooked the reader with a topic sentence, supporting details, and an ending.
How can you help your child develop these skills at home? After listening to your child read informational text, ask him/her to tell you the main idea of the text. Ask your child to tell you the important details of the text, and ask your child to tell you why the author wanted to write the book (to entertain, to inform, or to persuade/convince).
How can you help your child develop these skills at home? Ask your child to identify household items according to their 2D and 3D names. Examples might be to show your child a soup can and ask him/her to name its shape (cylinder). You might also cut a pizza in sixths or eighths and ask your child to name the fractional parts of the pizza, "If I eat 2 of the 6 pieces, what fraction of the pizza am I eating?" Your child may need a little prompting to state the answer as a fraction, 2/6.
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People can find many ways to help others during the holidays.
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Winter break: Thursday, December 24-January 3. School resumes January 4.