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April News from Room 6

Readers Workshop

Our unit of study for the month of May is Fairy Tales. We will focus on the characteristics of fairy tales such as there are both good and evil characters, good character has a problem because of the evil character, as well as magical elements and special numbers. Students will also discuss the setting-long ago, far away land, living happily ever after. Students will share their favorite fairy tale and discuss or notice what they like or dislike using accountable talk.

Stems to prompt student conversation:

"The good characters were..."

"The evil characters were..."

"were there any talking animals in this story?"

"Did this story contain royalty or castles?"

"The magic in this story was..."

"The love or happy ever after was..."

"The special number in this story was..."

Our Reading Rotations

1. Read to Self

2. Read with Teacher - (small group)

3. Respond to Reading - (write about their reading)

4. Word Work - (sentence unscramble)

Writers Workshop

Our new writing unit, Informational Writing: Research, asks children to learn and use research techniques to add to their newly acquired skills from our unit All About

Writers produce a published book, including three sections, a table of contents, and a cover with title and author’s name.

Writers will …

  • Take notes (pictures & words) from non–fiction texts.
  • Use their own words to write sentences from their notes.
  • Use three detailed sentences on one topic.
  • Use correct spelling, punctuation and capitalization.


Our current unit focuses on words with more than one syllable. I will be working on multisyllabic words for the next four weeks. some words will be compound words or words made up of two parts. Each part can be a word by itself, for example, in the word sunfish- sun is a word and fish is a word. Other words will have two consonants between the two vowels such as in the word magnet.

Engage New York Math

This month we will begin unit 5:identifying, composing, and portioning shapes.

In Module 5, students consider part–whole relationships through a geometric lens. The module opens with students identifying the defining parts, or attributes, of two- and three-dimensional shapes, building on their kindergarten experiences of sorting, analyzing, comparing, and creating various two- and three-dimensional shapes and objects. Students combine shapes to create a new whole: a composite shape. They also relate geometric figures to equal parts and name the parts as halves and fourths. The module closes with students applying their understanding of halves to tell time to the hour and half hour.

Objectives this unit:

Students will identify shapes based upon their attributes.

students will partition shapes and identify halves and quarters of circles and rectangle.

Students will tell time tot he hour and the half hour.

Math Center Rotations

1. Math Game

2. Math with Teacher (small group)

3. Math Technology - math facts on the iPad (

4. Math Journal

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Important Dates/Events:

Memorial Day: Monday, May 29, 2017 – NO SCHOOL

Room 6 Booknic Monday June 12 Flyer will be sent home this week


Mr. Shelburne