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This week students will receive their Top 100 Words spelling list with a test on Thursday! The trick to success? Understanding what homophones are! Homophones are words that sound the same as one or more other words but are different in meaning and sometimes spelling. Our 100 most commonly used words includes many homophones. Students will receive a helpful hints sheet demystifying their, there, and they’re; two, to, and too; your and you’re; and its and it’s. Our aim is mastery of even these most trickiest of words!
We will be reviewing the following reading comprehension strategies as we work our way through Number the Stars. You can encourage your child to use these strategies when they are reading at home!
Before reading – I preview the front and back cover. I study the illustrations and headings. I make predictions using clues from the text.
During reading – I stop and use clues from the reading to make more predictions or to change my predictions.
After reading – I check my predictions to see if they came about in the text.
In my mind I see…
This setting looks like…
The characters look like…
I can describe the pictures I create in my head using words and pictures…
Questioning is linked to predicting. If the prediction is, “The group will accept Mary as a new friend,” the related question would be, “Will the group accept Mary as a friend?” Like predicting, questioning makes you more aware of the details that follow.
What does ______ mean?
This week we will be focusing on connecting:
Making connections between what I am reading and…
…something in my own life experience.
…another story or text I have seen before.
…something that has happened or is happening in the world.
Last week we learned all about first and second-hand data. This week students will learn to interepret and construct double bar graphs and will prepare to demontrate their understanding of collecting and displaying data. Your scholar should be able to:
- Determine the attributes (title, axes, intervals, and legend) of a double bar graph
- Represent a given set of data by creating a double bar graph, label the title and axes, and create a legend
- Draw conclusions from a given double bar graph to answer questions
- Solve a given problem by constructing and interpreting a double bar graph
We have started tackling some strategies for quick recall of addition and subtraction basic facts. By now, scholars should have a regular routine for practice at home. Students will be challenged to improve their speed and accuracy through this first reporting period.
Over the next few weeks we are going to be taking a closer look at multiplication facts. You can help out your scholar by encouraging nightly practice at home, and may wish to check out the math sites available on this blog (click on Math tab above) in preparation. As was discussed in class last week, if these facts are quick, we knock down obstacles (or hurdles) to learning new math concepts all year long!
Students did an excellent job of presenting their ‘Special Place in Canada’. It is clear that these scholars know the importance of taking time to prepare!
Before we take off on our trip across Canada, there are a few questions we will be exploring and reviewing this week:
What does Canada look like?
How many provinces and territories does it have? What are they? Where are they located?
Which bodies of water should we be familiar with before we take off?
Mapping Canada will be our focus this week, students will want to check out these neat links to get in some extra practice before the provinces and territories and their capitals quiz this Thursday:
This promises to be a fun and busy week! If you have any questions at all, please email me @ email@example.com