Mrs. McCarthy's Parent Newsletter
Reading and Writing with 5-M
Our Halloween party was so much fun! Thank you to the class moms and to all of the volunteers that sent food and refreshments. We had a blast!
Fluency at Home
We know that repeated readings help students develop good fluency. When fluent readers read out loud, their reading is smooth and expressive. Please help your child practice reading their book buddy books out loud at home. Students can select books from home or any library to read to their Kindergarten buddy. I will post our Book Buddy schedule on my website.
Have you signed up for a parent account? You can see grades and specific feedback for weekly reading responses on your parent page. Ask your child to log in to his or her account to get your parent code. If that doesn't work, you can e-mail me for the code.
Fluency at Home
Currently, in Reader's Workshop...
We are using strategies to help us read and analyze text and images closely. Students will be reading and discussing Native American folktales, poems, and nonfiction texts related to Native Americans. We are learning to apply the following skills and strategies:
- Use text evidence in the form of direct quotes from the text to explain inferences
- Think about point of view and how events are described depending on the character or person telling the story
- Compare and contrast characters, settings, and events
- Compare and contrast stories in the same genre on their approaches to similar themes
- Summarize a story or article
- Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes
Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text
Just a reminder:
- Students are expected to read at home regularly. Reading logs are sent home Monday and handed in Friday. The goal is 100 minutes of reading a week.
- Weekly reading responses are posted on Edmodo on Wednesday and are due on Friday.
Currently, in Writer's Workshop...
This month, we will focus on analyzing literature and informational text. We will use parts of the text to explain our ideas and claims about what we are reading. Our focus is on writing about what we are reading.