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 April 2021                                                      

Reading: Our next unit in reading is Comparing and Contrasting Experiences. In this study of fiction, students will learn to compare and contrast the experiences of fictional characters. Lessons will focus on retelling stories, including key details, and demonstrating understanding of the central message or lesson. In reading groups, students will practice and apply identifying characters, setting, and major events in a fiction story. 

Our focus in our Word Study instruction continues with inflectional endings. Students will continue practice with the -ed, and -ing endings. This is useful for beginning readers and spellers to learn because they appear frequently in words, and their meanings are easy to understand and remember. Later in the month, students will delve into compound words using strategies to break words into smaller chunks.

Writing: We will continue our Research Writing Unit. Students will participate in independent research in order to write informational text about an animal. Digital resources and databases will be used for fact gathering. Students will focus on naming a topic, providing an introduction, supplying facts about the topic, and providing a sense of closure. We will also continue to focus on grammatical accuracy.

Math: In Everyday Math Unit 8, this unit will explore the study of division of shapes, time and graphs, and the understanding of place value through the lens of constructing viable arguments and using precise language. Students will build 3-D shapes with specific attributes such as 4 corners or 3 sides. Composing shapes, or building larger shapes from smaller shapes, will be introduced as well. Students will begin to divide shapes into equal parts, explore how the parts relate to the whole, and learn to name fractional parts using vocabulary such as: 1 half, 1 fourth, and a whole. 

Science: We have started our unit on Organisms, Offspring, and Survival. Students will develop an understanding of how offspring, both plants and animals, are like, but not entirely like, their parents, and how their external parts help them survive. We will begin our unit focusing on animals first, and then move into plant studies.  Topics of study will include: differences between living and nonliving things, the needs of living organisms, physical characteristics of living things, similarities of parents and offspring, and physical characteristics that help living organisms meet their needs. 

We are beginning unit 4 in our Second Step curriculum which focuses on Problem Solving. Your child is learning ways to calm themselves down prior to trying to solve a problem. Strategies may include: deep breathing exercises, taking a time out, or seeking a quiet place to relax. Students who are more skilled problem solvers get along better with peers and have fewer conflicts and problems with aggression. In this unit, students will explore the importance of using words to describe a problem and then practice thinking of multiple solutions to solve the problem. 

Important Dates:    

Group Pictures - April 2

Eco Cycle Virtual Visit - April 8

Virtual Field Trip to the Houston Zoo - April 22