This month we are engaging the children in a unit of study focused on getting to know the characters in their books. We have taught the children to pay close attention to their characters´traits, actions, reactions and motivations. We will be exploring how characters change throughout the story and what prompts that change. We are also teaching the children to visualize the story in their minds and make predictions as they read in order to enhance their comprehension.
By now you´ve noticed that your child has his/her own book baggy. The children are expected to read from this baggy for 20 minutes nightly. They may chose to read additional books at their leisure.
The children have been writing wonderful realistic fiction stories! We will continue to teach strategies to make their stories more engaging and clear. This unit we are focusing on developing characters, creating plots that include problem and solution, and using dialogue to bring the characters to life. Students will be working through the writing process to bring their stories from the brainstorming phase to the publishing phase. Be on the lookout for their stories- coming in the beginning of November!
Addition and subtraction are the main focus of this month´s unit. Children are learning multiple strategies to solve equations. We´ve been working hard on building the children´s number sense to make sure we lay a strong foundation for a successful year. At home, the students can play games on www.hoodamath.com. They should focus on addition and subtraction facts while playing on Hooda Math. They´ve learned many math games in school. We encourage you to play the games with them at home.
We have been working on our geography skills and will continue to do so this month. Children have learned about the climate zones and will learn about landforms in the upcoming weeks. They will be doing a culminating project in which they´ll apply all that they have learned.