Knodel's Keynote

What's up in our classroom

Week of January 25th

Reading and Writing

Reading--Our study of informational text, or nonfiction, resumes with a continued focus on text features. We're applying our learning to our reading of Scholastic News, a wonderful news magazine for kids.

Writing--We have been looking at arguments in persuasive writing. Students practiced making main arguments and adding supporting arguments to make their case stronger. The main learning target is to understand that writing to persuade is a skill and that students should be able to write persuasively on any topic, whether they agree with the opinion or not. We'll begin a persuasive letter writing campaign later in the week.


Reading Log-- I continue to recommend an opportunity for fluency practice. Once a week have your child read aloud to you and discuss the part that was read. Here is a link to the Reading Log.

Vocabulary--This week our study is mis meaning bad or badly,wrong. We discussed in class why miserable really doesn't belong on this list. Its Latin root is miser meaning wretched. We also noted the often mispronounced mischeivous. Here is a link to the vocabulary slide show.

Book Order

I will be placing a book order February 5th. Order using the paper flyer and send in a check, or use my online code HZHZG at Scholastic Book Clubs. Every item you purchase helps me build my classroom library. Thank you!

February Holiday

Don't forget that next week is February Conference for all LISD staff. Our campus will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Class resumes Wednesday.