Room 113 News March 23

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We have shifted our focus back to nonfiction. Our class has reviewed our non-fiction reading strategies. For the past few days, we have learned about inferences. This skill is new and very difficult for this age group. We will keep practicing and I encourage you to provided opportunities for your child to infer while reading at home. Ask probing questions and draw attention to things that will provide clues for higher level thinking. This is a major shift for students. We will work on discussion skills in non-fiction book clubs next.

Your child shared some practice today on Seesaw.

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In Math, we have started the groundwork for multiplication. We have explored patterns, multiples, arrays, and the ideas of rows, column, horizontal, and vertical. Here is some information about what we are learning.
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We have started Literary Non-fiction. Our class has studied mentor texts and are now planning our own stories that entertain and teach readers.
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From our Counselors

Dear parents,

The counselor visited your child’s class this week to talk about an important emotion that we all get from time to time in our lives--anxiety. We defined anxiety as a mix of “scared, worried, and nervous.” Sometimes anxiety can be positive thing! It can drive us and motivate us to great potential. However, sometimes, too much anxiety can paralyze us and hold us back from reaching our potential. We need to know how to recognize anxiety, understand how our thinking can help or hinder anxiety, and know some strategies to defeat anxiety when it hits.

We discussed situations that make us anxious, we discussed our body signs and our thoughts that make us more anxious. We then talked about how we can change our thoughts to help us feel better. Negative and positive self talk is very powerful for anxiety and it’s a great weapon against it!

We also discussed some other strategies, such as deep breathing, thinking of fun things, and counting.

They will be bringing home some drawings of their anxious feelings and how they feel their anxiety in their bodies--have a talk with them and discuss with them where you feel it in your bodies. On the same page are the skills and tools they can use to counteract anxiety. Ask your child how to use them!

Jacqui and Jon