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What's up for October

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WHAT'S UP FOR OCTOBER?

Language Arts -

Key reading comprehension strategies will be reviewed and practiced. We are working on visualizing, connecting, questioning/wondering and inferring. Re will also begin the study of characters and character traits in our Just Right books. We are reading 'The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane' as one of our mentor texts. Ask your child about Edward's traits and how he changes as a character. Please make sure your child completes the nightly reading assignment and fills out the reading log as part of his or her homework. As always, supporting reading comprehension ideas with TEXT EVIDENCE remains a critical and developing skill.

In Writing Workshop, the students will continue to focus on narrative writing.  Generating ideas for small moment stories will be practiced. Creating stories with a beginning, middle, and end, as well as “stretching the heart of a story” are focus areas. Writing stamina (staying on-task and 'writing long') are important skills to develop. We will next begin working on the unit for Persuasive Writing.


Math –

We are starting finishing Chapter 1 (Adding and Subtracting). Soon we will begin Chapter 2 and learn about Data and Graphing. We will continue to reinforce word problem attack strategies, specifically the 'RUHLS'. This is a valuable math tool that will serve your child well throughout the year. At home, you can work with your child on problems involving money and time to help reinforce these vital skills. In addition, we are expecting daily practice each evening of math facts to achieve automatic recall. Continue to use Xtra Math which responds to your child's needs to help support them in this process. Remember that you have access at home to GO Math if you wish to review any of the video lessons with your child.


Social Studies –

This month, we will begin with an introduction to current events. Our focus will be on the parts of an article as well as being able to synthesize the important details. As time allows, we will begin exploring map skills such as symbols, directions, keys, and navigating. Students have been introduced to interactive notebooks where they are learning the skills of notetaking and making meaning of the content area.


Science –

We will finish our unit on trees with a culminating project "Be A Friend To Trees". Students have been introduced to interactive notebooks where they are learning the skills of notetaking and making meaning of the content area.


Computers –

We will learning keyboarding skills using our Type to Learn program.  In addition, we have begun to explore Microsoft Word and the Elementary Connections page resources and will continue to do so.