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ALL ABOUT APRIL

Reading:
We are coming to the end of this unit: Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles.  The students have been working very hard and are still activating their "super powers" to take on more challenging books. They've been learning:
  • to use patterns to help them read by drawing on what they already know and how to figure out trickier patterns in books.
  • to figure out the changing words in a pattern.
  • to notice varied punctuation.
  • to talk about books and retell them.
  • to check their reading (Does it make sense? Does it sound right? Does it look right?)
  • to work with partners to figure out challenging parts.
  • to give book introductions.
  • to use their letter-sound knowledge to help them read.
  • to notice consonant clusters to help solve unknown words.
  • to look to the ends of words as they read.
  • to preview a page and locate known words before reading.
  • to get their mouths ready for digraphs and blends.
  • to use "extra strength" super powers.
  • to remember to make predictions.
  • to retell stories.
Writing:
We have been working hard in our Informational Writing Unit.  We are writing How-To Books (writing to teach others).  The students have been learning:
  • to study the kind of writing they plan to make by using mentor texts.
  • to use what they already know by touching and telling the steps across the pages.
  • to envision the steps in a How-To book and to revise if they don't make sense.
  • to confer with their writing partners.
  • to label their diagrams to teach even more information.
  • to emulate features of informational writing by using a mentor text.
  • to picture each step and choose the right words.
  • to elaborate by offering suggestions, warnings, and tips to readers.
  • to use new strategies to revise old work.
  • to write a series or collection of how-to books.
  • to write introductions and conclusions.
Math:
The students: practiced counting to 100 by ones and tens; practiced number sequence to 100; practiced counting on from a given number; compared sets of up to 20 objects; practiced concepts of fewer, less, more, most, and fewest; practiced adding using number trains; and counting on using fingers.

Letters: Review of digraphs: sh, ch, th, wh
We've been practicing by doing activities on the smart board, worksheets, and letter games.  The students are working very hard!

Sight Words: this, was, with, have, what, had, that, when
Sight words are being introduced (2/week).  We learn and practice them through songs, poems, and word work activities.  They are very excited to bring their individual sight word folders home each day to share and practice with you!

Social Studies:
Earth Day-The students learned about Earth Day through books, a video, and activities.  They helped to clean up the field and playground area.