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What's up for September

What's Up for September?

Reading – Reading Workshop routines and expectations will be reviewed. Key reading comprehension strategies will be reviewed as well. Responding in writing to literature in student journals will begin. Please make sure your child completes the nightly reading assignment and fills out the reading log as part of his or her homework.

LA – In Writing Workshop, the students will focus on narrative writing.  For the first time, they will be working in Writer's Notebooks.  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. This work will continue through October.

Math – We will be beginning EnVision Topic One with a focus on Numeration.  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 addition facts to achieve automatic recall. Please use the XtraMath program at home to faciliate this. Problem-solving strategies with the identification of keys words to indicate the math operation will also be introduced.  Next, we will start Envision Topic 2 which is focused on Num ber Sense: Addition and Subtraction.

Social Studies & Science – First, we will learn how to set up our Interactive Notebooks, an important tool for helping each student take responsibility for their own learning. Then, we will be starting our unit on trees. The Essential Questions for this unit of study are:
- What are some of the many ways living things interact with each other?
- How do we show respect for living things in our environment?
- Why are plants important for life on Earth?
We will be learning the specialized vocabulary along with observing tree parts. The food chain will also be discussed.

Computers – We will be learning about computer lab expectations. We will also be learning keyboarding skills using our Type to Learn program.