Team 13 News

Friday, December 4, 2015

Nonfiction--Expository Text

In reading, we have been learning all about the text features in nonfiction texts and how it helps us understand what we have read. We partner read our feature Reading Street story today, Seeing Stars. Students paid close attention to things like: graphic sources, italics, headings, diagrams, captions, footnotes and bolded print. These are skills we will continue to review and develop as the year progresses.


In December, we are exploring a variety of "authors' crafts" and figuative language, as we weave examples of these into our own special narratives. Today we read, The Night Before Hanukkah, and found many similies. We compared and contrasted this text to 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, another book we read. Students are learning the many ways authors' work insprire other authors. The way Clement Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, written so long ago inspired so many other authors. Next week--look forward to some examples of "Seasonal Similies" that students wrote to decorate our hallway.

Upcoming Events

  • Winter Concert for students, Monday, December 7th 9:30-10:30
  • Seeing Stars spelling and reading skills checks-Wednesday, December 9th
  • NO Sign and Return packets this week
  • Tinsel Town, Friday, December 11th 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Around Once Cactus, spelling and reading skills checks-Friday, December 18th
  • Spirit Day (wear PJs) December 23rd
  • December 23rd, School Sing-A-Long 9:30-11
  • Winter Break December 24th-January 3rd
  • School resumes Monday, January 4th
  • December Reading Calendars due-Monday, January 4th