Reading: -Understand how an author uses a variety of poetry elements to show the reader how he/she feels about the topic.
The EOY (end of year) mClass testing window has opened. Students will first be assessed on their fluency and then on their Reading Level. The EOY reading level goal is M/N and the beginning of year 3rd grade goal is a level O! Please remember the Summer Reading Goals your child shared with you at their Student Led Conference. Once the EOY window closes, your child will complete their reading level graph and reflect on their SMART goal. The charts, graphs and reflections will all go home with your child !
Previous Skills: Fiction - Character development -- identify how characters respond to events and challenges and why they respond that way
The MOY (middle of year) mClass testing window opens on Wednesday. Students will first be assessed on their fluency. The MOY fluency goal is 72 words read correct with a 95% accuracy rate. Testing of individual reading levels will begin next week and will conclude by January 29. Fiction -Understanding how the text and the illustrations show their IB Attitude of "cooperation" to help the reader have a deeper understanding of the text. Students will answer questions using evidence found in the text and the illustrations. As students progress with their reading skills, the author doesn't always come out and tell the reader information. We are practicing how to be a detective and dig deeper in the text and illustrations for clues. -Studying the author's craft of including repetition (repeated words or phrases), alliteration, and rhyming words. Students will be analyzing fictional text as well as poetry. Essential question: What was the author's purpose for including...... (see above)? Informational Text -Identify at least 2 effects of _____________. Students will dig deeper in the text to understand how concepts, steps, events are connected. -Identifying the author's purpose and using specific details from the text to support our reasoning (it's as easy as p.i.e) P - persuade I - inform E - entertain -identify the main idea of a text and the key supporting details -Identifying text features and describing how a particular text feature helped us understand more information about the topic -Using context clues to determine the meaning of an unknown word in nonfiction text -Answer questions using specific details from the text -Use diagrams to understand information -Use "fix up" strategies to help decode tricky words. -Using a dictionary to determine match the correct meaning of a multiple meaning word to the context of the sentence.
Writing: -Writing reviews about books, toys, games, restaurants, etc. Students will include a hook, opinion, at least 2 reasons to support their opinion, and a concluding sentence. I appreciated the students' opinions and reasons why I should or should not get Charlie a toy lawnmower for his 2nd Birthday :) -reading and writing poetry -This week we will begin the first week of our poetry unit. Students will focus on looking at familiar objects through "the eyes of a poet" and use descriptive words to analyze the objects using their 5 senses. Oral storytelling can strongly impact an author. You can help your child by telling stories as you are driving around town, dinnertime, etc. Students will be zooming in on one small moment in time instead of a "many moment" story. As we are writing, we will focus on including the characters' actions, thoughts, and feelings. Adding these words help the writer paint a picture in the reader's mind.
Before: I went down the stairs After: I quietly tiptoed down the stairs while my babysitter was watching tv. - Sharing our small moment stories -conduct a science experiment and then write an informational text about the process. -Past tense verbs -Irregular plural nouns (child-children, deer-deer)