Weekly Learning Targets


In reading, we have been using Epic, which is an online library to integrate our science concept, life science (coral reefs), within guided reading. Through this integration, students can better understand coral reefs and then apply their learning while researching during science.


While reading about coral reefs, students have learned to utilize nonfiction text features to support their comprehension. Their awareness of the features has increased, and they are more cognizant of the following; bold words, the glossary, captions, pictures/graphs, and headings. They now understand how the features assist their learning and should not be ignored. 


In writing, we have been focusing on expanding our ideas to increase engagement for our audience. Often, when kids write an informational genre, they tend to list fact after fact, which is very dry and difficult to enjoy. However, it doesn't have to be this way. For example, while reading Nicola Davies' books, the kids observed her use of humor and word choice, combined with facts to convey her message in a fun and exciting manner.


One of the books that we enjoyed was Extreme Animal: The Toughest Creatures on Earth. The book's focus is to understand the many ways that animals adapt to survival. The book begins as follows, "We humans are such a bunch of wimps!…we can't live without food, or water, and just a few minutes without air is enough to finish us off. Luckily, not all life is so fragile." Aren't you curious about what animal she is referencing? The kids could not wait to hear the following pages. The more exposure they have to authentic literature, the better they will develop their writing, specifically word choice and supporting details. 



We continued to work on the vowel-consonate-e syllable (v-e). The kids have learned about a new spelling rule when adding a vowel suffix to a v-e word. They need to drop the -e and add the suffix. However,  they can add it without changing anything. 


In science, we continue to explore the coral reef. Some of the organisms discussed include coral, plants, algae, invertebrates, and vertebrate species. Also, we have learned about the basic anatomy of coral polyp and their life cycle. Next week, students will be placed in their dive teams to research various animals and plants from the ocean to add their findings to our interactive class mural. 


We wrapped up Unit 8:Using strategies and properties to add and subtract this week. Our lessons focused on understanding different techniques to do mental math. This included changing the numbers or expressions, making the calculations easier to determine mentally. We also focused on rounding to the nearest tens and hundreds, which is another strategy that is useful when estimating. 

Pack Pride

During Pack PRIDE, we discussed the importance of impulse control. The kids referred to their prior knowledge of strategies taught to suggest ways to manage their impulsivity. For example, 5-5-5 breathing, imagery, counting backward from 10, stretching, or deep massage. Together we practiced breathing, jogging in place, and stretching. After the kids could articulate how their minds and body changed, they were ready to focus on the task. We discussed the importance of knowing what works for you and practicing to maintain control.