This week our class focused on a new Cafe strategy that we placed under the comprehension on our Cafe reading strategies menu. Students learned that good readers "Ask Questions Throughout the Reading Process" in order to improve comprehension and fully engage in the reading process. It helps readers review important points in the text, evaluate the quality of the text, make connections, and refine predictions. Students learned that successful readers generate their own questions before, during and after reading. After reading, we tried to identify if the questions we asked were answered in the text or if we had to use our schema or research it to find an answer to it. To reinforce this skill at home model this process by stopping while reading to question what is going on in the text. Use questions such as:
- What does this mean?
- Is this important?
- How do I think this story will end?
- What does this word mean?
- Do I need to read this again?
Additionally, students finished their study on Jane Goodall. Students worked together in groups to choose several character traits that described her. They provided text evidence for each trait that they thought described her.
We have completed our study on counting money and telling time to the nearest 5 minutes. Please continue to practice these skills at home by handing your child a handful of coins and asking them to count how much they have. Additionally, periodically ask your child to read the time of an analog clock. This will help students to become more fluent with these skills.
Students are now working on the following common core state standards:
2.G.A.1 Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces.1Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.
2.G.A.2 Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same-size squares and count to find the total number of them.
2.G.A.3Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc., and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.
Students began learning about life science with our new class pets: mealworms. Students are making observations and excited about watching our meal worms go from larva to pupa to adult beetle!