What are we learning in Room 415? A ton of stuff every day!
In reading, we are learning about paired passages and how to use the RACE strategy to answer questions using evidence in the text. We also are studying author's purpose, text structure and text features and how these things help us understand what we are reading. Students are to complete individual readings of self-selected books to build stamina and fluency. Reading is a critical foundation skill that impacts ALL other content areas. Research shows that students who are on or above grade level in reading do better on standardized tests in all content areas. Whether your child is struggling in reading or not, the only way to get good at a skill is to practice it each and every night. Please encourage your child to read nightly for at least 20 minutes. J
In math, we will work on place value, comparing values, multiplication and division. Relating these concepts to money make it easier to understand. Encourage your child to practice math facts nightly to build fluency and confidence using www.multplication.com. This practice is critical to help with fluency of numbers. Also encourage your child to do homework nightly, bring back to class, actively participate, and ask questions to develop understanding.
In science, we are learning about ecosystems and all the components needed in a healthy ecosystem. It is important to have an inquisitive mind in this class! There are so many interesting things in the world around us.
In social studies, we will learn about the causes, events, outcome, and major historical figures such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, King George III, and Thomas Paine and their roles in the American Revolution as these leaders began the journey toward independence from British rule.
In writing, this nine weeks, we will begin our work in narrative writing. Some questions good writers ask are ... What makes a good story? What are the thoughts and traits of the characters? Can my reader get a mental picture of the setting, mood, perspective, and point of view? Is the dialogue between characters interesting and entertaining? How can I make it better? Great writers always go back and revisit their work and ask others to give them honest feedback to improve.
Through out this year we will work on all three writing genres, which are persuasive (opinion), informational (expository), and entertaining (narrative) writing types. The acronym is P.I.E.! So don't be surprised if I ask your child what type of "pie" they are cooking up! In order to have a great piece of "pie" you have to have the right ingredients so as a writer, we must ask questions to guide our writing. How do we organize our writing to explain a topic completely? How do we generate ideas to tell an entertaining story with a bold beginning, mighty middle, and excellent ending? How do we effectively persuade? How do we inform? How did we use descriptive language? Did we create a mental picture for our reader with our writing? What can we do to make it more interesting? How can we use punctuation for effect? How do good writer's use figurative language and how does figurative language help the reader get a mental image? How can we cite evidence from sources to validate our opinions? We will be using the four square method to organize our thoughts and a variety of graphic organizers for each type of writing style.
Please encourage your child to do their homework every night and their very best every day by asking questions and participating in lessons appropriately. I believe there are 5 P's to success: Practice, Participation, Paying Attention, Perserverence and Parents! Please stress to your child the importance of a great education and practicing skills like math facts, daily reading for comprehension, and the writing process. Thank you for all that you do to help your child succeed and REMEMEBER...Today is a great day to learn something NEW!