Also, as a reminder, the culture doll project is due on Friday. Please work with your child so that he or she is aware of the importance of the various items you are decorating the doll with.
Reading : So far, the students are really enjoying our nonfiction reading unit! Last week we learned about the similarities and differences between fiction and nonfiction. We also learned about how nonfiction authors use labels to convey information to the reader.
This week, we'll learn about other kinds of nonfiction conventions like photographs, captions, and comparisons. Keep immersing your child with nonfiction texts at home!
Writing : Our 'easy to read' writing unit has been going off without a hitch. The students are suddenly aware that they are not just writing books for themselves, but to relay a message for others to read. We talked about how important it is to use neat handwriting, ending punctuation, and capital letters at the beginning of sentences so that readers have an easier time understanding what we want to say. This week, we'll dive into doing our best job to stretch out words that we don't know how to spell so that we can get as many sounds down as possible.
Math : The students did a fabulous job with fact families and fact triangles last week. Please keep the fact triangles that come home in a safe spot and encourage your child to practice them regularly, as they are an invaluable resource to use in order to gain mastery of simple math facts.
This week we're going to continue investigating math facts and then we'll talk about measuring with the centimeter.
Theme Study : Last week we started a short map unit. The students recognized that various features on maps are always drawn certain ways with certain colors. For example, water is always shown with blue and the capital city is always represented with a star. This week, we'll spend some more time talking about map features and learn the difference between using a map and a globe.
Have a great week!