Social Studies Update
We are going to be jumping back into social studies topics this week. Part of our unit will be learning about our address and being able to say it on our own.
Please start practicing your address with your child (including city, state and zip code).
This week, we continued on our “reading adventure” and packed our suitcases full of strategies to help us understand our reading.
Earlier in the week, we remembered to retell the important parts of our stories.
We also reviewed how important it is to reread our stories. When we reread, we notice things in the pictures and words that we might have missed during our first read. The more times we reread our books, the better we understand our stories.
Finally, we chatted about connections. We learned about text-to-text connections and text-to-self connections earlier in the year, but this time around we noticed connections between different parts in the story. The events on one page may show the trouble and another page shows the solution or one page might be the cause and another page shows the effect. We had fun discovering and sharing about the parts of our stories that go together like a puzzle.
In writing this week, we spent the whole week learning different ways to add details in our writing. We learned that good writers add movement and dialogue to their to stories so that the stories come to life. Another way we can add details is to make sure we tell the small steps. This helps our reader visualize exactly what is going on in our stories.
Finally, we focused on adding feelings in our writing. We can do this by telling how our character is feeling but it makes it even more real when we show how our character is feeling by using a Show, Not Tell. Instead of saying “She was so happy”, we could say, “She was grinning from ear to ear”. Instead of “He was embarrassed”, we could write “His face turned red”. This gives the reader a much better picture in their mind as they read our stories.
This week, we practiced graphing and comparison bar stories We will complete our assessment of Unit 6 early next week.