Miss Roberts * Stoy School * January 11, 2016
This week, we are beginning the last lesson in Unit 2. The students will learn how to answer the question, “How do you know if something is a fact or an opinion?” First, we will read an Informational text called Jellies. We will then read another called Meet Norbert Wu. As we read, we will keep talking about the Big Idea, “Nature can teach us many things.”
Target Vocabulary: millions, choices, drift, simple, weaker, wrapped, disgusting, decide
Phonics Skills: Contractions
Vocabulary Strategy: Base words and suffixes: -er -est
Comprehension Skill: Identifying statements as fact or opinion.
Comprehension Strategy: Monitor/clarify – Good readers monitor their understanding. While reading, they ask, “Does this make sense?” If it does not, they go back to clarify.
Two of our Guided Reading groups will continue with chapter books which focus on carrying meaning over time, restating previously read sections, and using multiple reading strategies to understand the character and story. The remaining groups will be reading informational texts using text and graphic features to deepen their understanding text beyond just the text. The boys and girls will be sharing their Guided Reading responses with their groups and celebrating the strategies they are using to answer questions and support their ideas.
The students are enjoying learning about persuasive writing and were surprised to find out how often authors try to persuade others. Last week, we created a list of the important components of a persuasive piece of writing. Using the chart, the students begin writing about their favorite place to go and attempted to persuade their audience to visit. Once they have their two initial pieces written, we will examine a book review. The students will learn the “Star Rating” that shows a writer’s opinion and how to support a star rating with reasons.
Lesson 5-1: Playing Beat the Calculator
- Use <, >, and = to compare numbers
- Write addition facts
- Discuss how fact power can help them solve problems efficiently
- Race to add numbers mentally and with calculators
- Practice addition facts
- Skip Count by 5's, 10's and 25's
- Find the total value of specified toolkit coins
- Share strategies for counting their toolkit coins
- Discuss equivalencies among coins and $1 bills
- Show different ways to pay for items
- Solve number stories
- Draw coins to show the cost of an item
- Practice making change by counting up from the cost of an item to the amount paid
- Make change by count up in a shopping activity and record their transitions
Science & Social Studies
By mid-week, we will begin Unit 3 in Social Studies, "Looking at the Earth." We will start off by reading Cynthia Rylant's Tulip Sees America. It is a story about a young man and his dog, Tulip. They travel throughout the United States and discover a variety of landforms and bodies of water. Throughout the unit, the students will be introduced to, and learn about, many of the landforms found across the United States.They will identify and locate hills, plains, mountains, valleys, island and peninsulas. In addition, as a class, we will learn the characteristics of each landform and where they are found in our country, e.g. The plain states are from Texas to Montana. We will then move onto the three of the major bodies of water found within the United States; rivers, lakes and gulfs. The students will read about each and complete word web illustrating, labeling and defining each.
Tulip Sees America
A body of water almost surrounded by land. It is usually surrounded by land on 3 sides. The state of Florida is a peninsula
A piece of land almost surrounded by water. It is usually surrounded by water on 3 sides.
January 11th -
- Mid-Year Math assessment
- 2nd Marking Period W.E.B. Project going home
January 13th - Talent Show permission slips due
January 18th - No School MLK Jr. Day
January 20th - Monday Schedule