Camp Learn A Lot
January 1, 2016
I'm looking forward to seeing my 26 sweeties again come Tuesday!
- Teacher Work Day / Flex Day (No Students)
- Special: PE
- Students return to school! =)
- Special: Art
- Special: Music
- Special: Technology
- Class / Group Pictures
- Children's Museum Field Trip Permission Slips and Money Due
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday / Flex Day (No Students)
- Early Release Day @ 2:55pm
- Children's Museum Field Trip
Field Trip Chaperones
A Note from Mr. Atkinson
This is an opportunity for your child to learn new skills, but also to develop broader and richer understandings in reading. Think of how much nonfiction reading you do in your adult life: websites, newspapers, magazines, biographies, maps, travel books, manuals, and so much of what is required for your occupation. By teaching children to read nonfiction, we teach them to explore and to construct for themselves knowledge of the world. Books can be their teacher!
Thinking Hard and Growing Knowledge
During the first bend, your child will learn nonfiction readers grow knowledge by studying, noticing details, and questioning texts as they put pages of text together. Your child will learn not only how to approach and navigate through nonfiction texts with questions and ideas in mind, but also how to read nonfiction with a "voice" that matches the content.
Learning the Lingo of a Topic
As we transition into the second bend, your child will focus on word solving and vocabulary development. The children will be introduced to various word-solving and vocabulary-building strategies that teach them how to flexibly and efficiently solve unknown words and use those words as they learn about their topics.
Across a Topic
As our unit comes to a close in the third bend, your child will begin to read from text sets on a given topic. We'll then connect, compare, and contrast information inside and across texts. Your child will be prepared to be the kind of reader who reads with big questions in mind and carries knowledge from one text to another so that they can add on, confirm, and grow knowledge about their topics.
Each bend in our nonfiction unit works together to teach readers to grow knowledge with learning and questioning. I can't wait to share this unit with the children and I hope they come to love nonfiction as I do!
- Logophiles (Group 1) compare and contrast the sounds of short u and long u.
- Logophiles (Group 2) compare and contrast the sounds of short u and long u.
- Logophiles (Group 3) compare and contrast the sounds of h, sh, and ch.
- Nonfiction readers pay attention to details.
- Nonfiction readers put parts of the text together in their minds.
- Nonfiction readers ask questions as they read.
- Nonfiction readers think, "What is this book (and this part) teaching me?"
- Nonfiction readers ask, "How does this book go?"
- Scientists describe how objects move.
- Scientists demonstrate different ways that objects move.
- Scientists compare the relative speed of objects.
- Calming down helps you stay focused and on task at school.
- Using positive self-talk helps you stay focused and on task so you can be a better learner.
- Mathematicians identify and compare cones, pyramids, prisms, cubes, and cylinders.
- Mathematicians model 2-dimensional shapes.
- Mathematicians describe and model 3-dimensional pyramids.
- Mathematicians describe different pyramids.
- Mathematicians identify patterns and relationships among pyramids.
- Mathematicians divide shapes into equal parts.
- Mathematicians locate the line of symmetry in 2-dimensional shapes.
- Mathematicians create symmetrical shapes.
Next week in Writing Workshop we will wrap up our unit on opinion writing. Your child will learn:
- Writers make their letter writing stronger by writing opinions about more than one part of the book and planning different parts of their letter before drafting.
- When supporting opinions about a text, writers look for multiple pieces of evidence to support each idea.
- Writers publish their opinions for all to read.
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