Weekly Learning Targets


In reading, each group read a nonfiction text. We reviewed text features, including a table of contents, headings, bold print, captions, pictures, diagrams, and a glossary. Awareness of these features is essential as they help us navigate a text and comprehend the information. Along with text features, we have continued to work on identifying the text's central message and main idea. 


This week, the kids revisited the genre called FanFiction. It encourages the writer to use their imagination to write their version based on the characters, and settings from an established book, movie, show, etc.  

We watched two Disney Shorts to help us develop our writing. After watching both Shorts, the kids identified the story elements. Then, they used the story elements to extend the story and write from the perspective of a character. This writing genre is present on CMAS in the form of a journal entry, alternate ending, and different points of view, to name a few. We will continue to work on exposure to this genre.


We focused on the spelling rule vowel-consonate -e rule (or magic e, as we all learned) and the exceptions. Specifically, we discussed how -ive could be a suffix as in the word active. The i makes a short sound and does not follow the rule -e (magic -e) since v is never at the end of the word in English. 


The kids took the pretest for Unit 9: Fluently add and subtract to 1,000. This is a review of the second-grade standard. However, it has been a long time since they focused on addition and subtractions, so it would be beneficial to use SplashLearn at home and work on regrouping. I previously sent information home about Splash Learn.com. 


This past week, we began our life science unit, coral reefs. The kids will follow the Catlin Seaview Survey crew, a team of scientists, as they conduct an expedition of the coral reefs to observe life underwater. 


Thus far, I have introduced students to some basic ocean facts about the diverse life and habitats in the ocean. However, the most significant facts they learned were that we live on a blue planet with oceans covering over 70% of the surface. Also, the sea is the number one protein source for 1 billion people! They are very excited to learn more ocean information, as you can imagine!