4D Classroom News
March 3-7, 2014
Again, we will practice through whole class mini-lessons with shared nonfiction texts, but this will also be reinforced in guided reading groups with nonfiction texts at the appropriate reading level. You can find a copy of the NF articles and various work samples from your child included in their weekly Student Feedback Form. Last week we had a few special activities occur during our literacy block, so I've combined both last week's information and this week's work on 1 form.
Word Study groups will continue this week, but it will be a short week. Students will be assessed on their words on Thursday, rather than Friday. Patterns covered include the following:
- Long U CVV (-ue, -ew)
- Prefixes (sub-, com-, pro-, en-)
- Syllable Juncture in VCV and VVCV patterns
Students will have daily language homework this week and should bring both the Daily Language and Word Study homework on Thursday.
Lastly, we will continue our work on our informational report in writing. Students have chosen a topic and have written 3 focus questions to guide their research. This week, we will be learning how to use a graphic organizer to plan and organize our research. Students will be guided through the research process and how to use the graphic organizer with our sample class topic on butterflies. Students will also spend some class time using the library databases to gather additional research on their topic of choice. Next week, students will begin the process of sifting through the research and recording relevant supporting details on their graphic organizer.
Our final lesson for this chapter is lesson 5.6. We will begin this next week and it will likely last the entire week. This lesson will be the most challenging one in chapter 5, as it deals with "Real-World Problems: Data and Probability." As of now, it is looking like we will have a test over Chapter 5 early in the week of March 17th.