Happy New Year to Everyone,
We are already back into the swing of things. This is a quick update on what the month of January will look like.
Language Arts: We will be beginning a new reading strategy called predicting.
To predict readers need to:
- Use clues evidence to think about what the author may be planning to tell us.
- Figure out what you think will happen next.
- Think about what this character will be like.
- Think ahead to what you think the author will tell us next.
- Think about what you know to help you predict and think ahead.
- Pause to check if your predicting/thinking ahead worked out.
- Provide reasons when you make a prediction (why do you think that might happen?)
- Confirm and adjust predictions.
In Writer’s Workshop, our next text form is a descriptive report. I will be discussing the features of this text form and modelling what this report looks like using the graphic organizer that we will be providing each of the children. We will brainstorm possible research topics together as a class and begin researching next week.
Math: We are continuing to work on dividing this week. By the end of the week I will have introduced two strategies: “Old-Fashioned” method (one that I believe you will recognize) and “Repeated Subtraction”. The children can use whatever method that they are confident in using.
The division quiz will be at the end of next week. I will have the students write the date in their agendas when it is confirmed.
Humanities: We have completed our unit study in Science on the human body and are now ready to begin a new unit in Social Studies. The chapter is called “What do we understand about the diverse societies of First Nations and Inuit?” As part of this unit, students will work in small groups to create a dwelling that represents one of the groups we will be studying. This work will be completed in class. In preparation students will be reading about their specific group and are asked to bring in materials that will help with the creation of their dwelling. These materials will be household items such as aluminum foil, wrapping paper, yarn, string, tissue paper, felt, popsicle sticks, swatches of material, brown paper lunch bags, modeling clay, cotton balls, and toothpicks.