Weekly Learning Targets

Reading


The kids continue to have student-led book clubs. We revisited asking questions to increase engagement and enhance comprehension during group discussions this week. The kids quickly realized that the different levels of questions allowed for deeper conversation or just remembering answers. This is a great skill to work on with your child at home.   

Green Questions: I can GO directly to the text and find the answer. Examples of questions include: who, what, where, when, why, and how.

Yellow questions: The answer can be found by looking in many different places. I need to SLOW DOWN and look carefully for the answer. Example questions: compare or contrast, cause, and effect

Red questions: The answer CAN’T be found directly in the text. I have to stop and think about what I’ve read to help me answer the question. Example questions: I wonder why…, why do you think…, what if…, how could….

Writing

This week, students were revising their drafts for coherence, organization, simple and compound sentences, and editing their drafts for grammar, mechanics, and spelling. In addition, they have learned about Ancient Rome's impact on modern-day life through their research.

Fundations

In unit 6, the focus is on open syllable and open syllable exceptions. Open syllables have one vowel as the last syllable in the word, i.e., no. Therefore, the vowel sound is long. I used the analogy that the door is open, so the vowel can walk right through and say its name. 

We also worked on the understanding that c and g produce different sounds when followed by an e, i, or y. When c is in front of e, i, or y, it will say the soft c sound of /s/,  as in city, but in front of all other letters, it will say hard c sound /c/, as in cat. Also, if g is in front of e, i., or y, it will say soft g sound /j/, as in giant, and in front of all other letters, it will say hard g sound /g/. 

Math


This week in math, we focused on capacity and mass. We began by estimating a container's liquid volume using standard units. Then, we began estimating the mass of an object in metric units. We will be testing on Wednesday. 


Social Studies


After finishing their research, the kids drafted a plan for constructing their artifact. All of the kids began creating last week, and most finished. All artifacts will be on display in our virtual museum.