Friday, April 8, 2016

April 8th

Dear Families,
Even though we are quickly approaching April vacation, our learning isn't slowing down a bit! Here are the learning goals (ELTs) we are currently working on:

Reading
We are finishing up author's purpose (P.I.E.). Students can tell if an author is trying to persuade, inform or entertain the reader and give evidence to support their claims. We continued to practice retelling by recalling the important events and characters in a story. Using words such as in the beginning, then, next, and finally helps give order to the retelling.

Writing
We began a unit on opinion writing this week. Students wrote their opinions and gave persuasive reasons to support them. We used the books I Wanna Iguana and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus to inspire some of our own "Here's why I should" and "Here's why I shouldn't" pieces. We had topics ranging from "Here's why I should have a zebra for pet" to "Here's why I shouldn't have to do chores" and so much more. It has been quite fun so far and we will continue this writing next week.

Lynn Plourde Author Study
We spent lots of time reading Lynn Plourde books. She is visiting Skillin next week and we want to be experts on her! We read School Picture Day, Field Trip Day and Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud. Students decided that her main purpose is to entertain readers because her books are fictitious and quite amusing and silly. They completed projects including a story cube, postcard and book award. These projects required them to identify story elements and summarize the major events. We are looking forward to her visit next week!

Math
Students continued to work on adding and subtracting two-digit numbers by playing several related games called Get to 100, Roll a Square and Unroll a Square. Each game involved adding dice and either counting up or back on a special 100 grid. We took these skills to another level with counting coins, adding coins up to $1.00 and spending $1.00. It is essential that children understand one dollar equals 100 cents. Coin counting is an important life skill so please encourage your child to practice at home.

Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, April 14: early release (students are dismissed at 12:30)

Friday, April 15- Friday, April 22: no school (April vacation week)

A Note About Homework
There is no spelling homework this week. The next set of spelling words will be sent home after vacation. Please have your child keep up with their reading homework, though. Remember, we are all working toward the 1, 000, 000 page goal and we need everyone's help!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Bradstreet

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