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For each unit, we read books as a class to focus on learning different reading comprehension skills. Students will practice reading books with our sight words. We will learn at least 2 new sight words every other week.

Unit 4: Let's Go Exploring

Skills: Sequencing, cause and effect, characters, classifying and categorizing, setting

Sight Words: are, that, do, one, two, three, four, five, here, go, from

Writing Workshop

Now we are learning about opinion writing. Everyone will have many opportunities to share their opinions about different topics.

Animal books are complete! Each student has their book in their binder. If you want to see it, just ask!

Each student will create a book about their animal. We will be working on this for the next few weeks.

Students have chosen an animal that they are curious about and are learning how to find out information using pictures.

We made a list of what we are experts about and practiced writing about it. Some of the things on our list included different animals.

Everyone explored several non-fiction books and noticed different charts, bubbles of information, table of contents, and an index.

We have started learning about informational writing. We have played a few games to practice identifying things that are facts and opinions.

Everyone has finished creating a personal narrative book!

Now we are learning about important information to include in a personal narrative such as who is in the story, what they are doing, and where they are. We are practicing telling a story with all of the elements before we start writing about it.

This week we will begin learning how to write personal narratives. Students will think of something that they have done and practice writing about it.

We have been writing sentences with our new site words. Students have started their sentences with "I am a" or "I am the little" and draw a detailed picture to match their sentence. We have been working on adding spaces between our words and ending sentences with a period.

Students will practice coming up with ideas to write and draw about. We start by learning what it means to label. Students will also work on adding details to their pictures. As we learn more sight words, students will practice writing a sentence to match their pictures.

Things for you to say when your child stops at a word...

-"You try"

-"What does it start like?"

-"What sound does that letter make?"

-"Look at the picture to see if it helps you"

Things to say when your child makes a mistake...

-Let them finish the sentence and see if they realize that it didn't make sense.

-"Try that word again"

-"It could be ____, but look at what it starts with"

Tips for Reading with your Child

Use sound strategies to tackle a new word

· As we are learning more letters and their sounds, we are starting to sound out unfamiliar words. When you’re reading with your child at home, have your child say the sounds of the letters (of the unfamiliar word) and then help them to blend the sounds together. As this strategy becomes familiar, your child will be able to blend the sounds together on their own.

Use the story to help your child learn

· Ask your child what word or idea would make sense in the plot of the story when she gets stuck on an unfamiliar word.

· Encourage your child to look at illustrations, pictures, titles, or graphs to figure out the meaning of new words.

· Give support and encouragement

· Challenge your child to figure out new words, but always supply the word before he becomes frustrated.

· After your child has read a story, reread it aloud yourself so that he can enjoy it without interruption.

Make reading a priority

· Whether it's 10 minutes after school, before bed or in the morning before school. It helps to set aside a specific time for reading. This kind of special "together time" can go a long way toward getting your child interested in books.

Create the right atmosphere

· Find a quiet comfortable place to listen to your child read. While you don't need to build a special reading nook, it helps to ensure that, even in a busy home, there's a quiet place for reading. This kind of special "together time" can go a long way toward getting your child interested in books.

Make reading fun

· Kids may not get excited about the idea of quiet time spent curled up on the couch. Why not make it fun by turning reading sessions into impromptu theater performances? Play around with funny voices to impersonate animals or unusual characters in stories. You'll get to release some tension, and your child will learn to think of reading as fun rather than work.

Keep reading aloud to your child

· Don't stop reading aloud to your child once he/she learns to read. When you read to your child, you let your child enjoy books that are beyond their independent reading level and build their vocabulary by exposing them to new words. Reading aloud is also a chance for you to model reading smoothly and with expression.