Room 113 News April 18th

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We have shifted our home reading program to focus on longer, more complex chapter books. Mr. Hagen and Khun Pornthip have been helping students find chapter books they are interested in reading that are "just right" for them. Your child should come home with a chapter book and yellow bookmark each night. Our class has been having interactive read alouds where higher level thinking and comprehension strategies are modelled for students. Your child brought home a book mark tonight that gives some prompts and language frames around comprehension strategies. Discussing these with your child after he/she reads is an excellent way to support his/her advancement as a reader. Most students are making the shift from learning to read to reading to learn; with this shift, comes a larger emphasis on reading comprehension. Just because a child can read something, does not mean he/she is comprehending it! Comprehension goes beyond recalling simple information from a text; comprehension is thinking deeply and drawing out non-literal messages, inferences, and themes.

Students are continuing work together in partnerships and small groups in non-fiction. These nonfiction "book clubs" are a vehicle for students to engage in meaningful conversations around common interests and also sharing the use of nonfiction comprehension strategies.


We have started a unit of study around problem solving with length, money, and data. Please see the information below:
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Most students have completed one literary non-fiction book and are planning their second. We have learned strategies that writers and illustrators use to teach readers while also entertaining them. The variety of topics and quality of work has been amazing!
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Social Studies

We are starting a new unit of study, Sharing the Planet. This unit focuses on endangered animals. This week is earth week and we will have guest speakers each day for the remainder of the week from various local environmental organizations.

Here are some larger themes we will explore:

Why are some animals endangered?

Where do these animals live and why?

What can we do to protect endangered animals?

Human actions diminish or destroy animals’ habitats, making it difficult or impossible for these animals to survive.

Animals depend up on the natural resources and terrain of their local habitat to meet their needs and to thrive.

Humans hunt animals for survival or money, sometimes bringing that species to the brink of extinction.

Humans can take action to protect endangered animals.