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Six Week Update for Parents & Students

Classroom Happenings...

Though it's not the complete end of the six weeks just yet, I decided it might be beneficial to get the newsletter out to you before school begins again. That way, you have more time to read/process the information so you are not rushed.

We completed our study of poetry and drama recently. Though it will be a little bit before we look at either genre again, it is important that your child does not lose the skills they learned. The best remedy is to have them READ, read, ReAd!!! Reading increases their comprehension, vocabulary and reasoning, no matter the genre!

When we return from our "long winter's nap", we will begin an in-depth study of inferring. This is a skill that is on 75% or more of the STAAR test, so it is vital that we not only look at how to infer, but we begin to think like writers and decide why the writer does certain things. Kids don't typically realize that this is a skill we use ALL DAY LONG--like "reading" people or "reading" a situation. For example if it has been snowing outside and many of the cars have snow on top, but the one outside of the opened garage does not, we would infer that the car without snow must have been parked inside the garage. Inferring is not only about reading expressions, tones, and body language, it's about "reading between the lines" of a text where the answers are not explicitly stated.

So as we begin our inferring journey there will be many opportunities for you to support what's going on in our classroom. Quite simply, questioning your child on a daily basis helps their ability to make inferences. Check out other ideas below on how you can help out!

How Can I Help?

  • As you ride down the road, pay attention to billboards and ask your child questions. These are full of inferred messages.
  • Play charades and have your child use their schema + the clues you act out to make an inference.
  • List things that characters in a book say and do. Then come up with what those actions show about the character.
  • Cover up one of the panes in a comic strip and have your child infer what may have happened and justify why.
  • Poems of any kind are full of things to infer! Have a discussion about what you think an author meant by using a piece of figurative language.
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Did you know YOU will be out of school for 10 (TEN) days, not including weekends?? I don’t want you to lose the valuable reading tools we’ve been using at school so here’s a little challenge for you…

  • When you complete only 4 SeeReaders at 80% or better and 2 ReadArounds beginning December 21, 2015—January 3, 2016, I will have a special surprise just for you!
  • Site Code = rpcreekviewms
  • Your username and password is the same that you use at school.
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Mrs. Brownlee

I hope you and your family have a restful break away from school. Be prepared to hit the ground running when we return, and by all means, don't forget to complete the Reading Plus Challenge!