What's Happening in Room 29

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The students have been busy increasing their stamina for reading as well as figuring out “tricky” words in their books during our "Reading Growth Spurt" unit of study.  The students also learned how “stop and jot” to help them remember important parts of the story.  We are now beginning our next unit: “Becoming Experts: Reading Nonfiction”.   In this unit the students will have fun becoming experts on new topics.  They will be able to share new information by talking about what they read.  Ask your child to explain some of the new strategies including the expert “lingo” he/she is learning when reading nonfiction text.

Ways to Talk About Your Thinking

  • I’m noticing…

     

  • I’m learning…

     

  • I’m wondering…






In writing workshop, the students will again be the experts on writing about topics of their choice in our “How To: Guide To Nonfiction Writing” unit of study.   Nonfiction writers know their readers want all the information the author can give them.  That means nonfiction writers go from writing to rereading what they’ve written, and when they reread, they squeeze their brains to think up more information to add to their writing.  We will be learning so much from our expert classmates this marking period!

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In math, the students have been working hard on learning place value to 1,000, skip counting, identifying odd/even numbers, and making models of numbers as well as many other math skills.  Students are getting ready for 2 digit and 3 digit addition and subtraction.  As a reminder, it is important for students to learn basic addition facts to help them solve more complex problems quickly, yet accurately. 
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Science Unit:

Students will know: 

  • Plants depend on water and light to grow.

  • Plants depend on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around.

  • There are many different kinds of living things in any area, and they exist in different places on land and in water.

  • Designs can be conveyed through sketches, drawings, or physical models. These representations are useful in communicating ideas for a problem’s solutions to other people.

  • A situation that people want to change or create can be approached as a problem to be solved through engineering.

  • Asking questions, making observations, and gathering information are helpful in thinking about problems. 

  • Before beginning to design a solution, it is important to clearly understand the problem.



 

 



 

 


 

 


Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or just a "SHOUT" hello!
jmayer@pway.org
732-699-1573 ext. 5929