Jan. 29 – Feb. 2

Last week in reading, students practiced strategies that will help them become more fluent readers.    Some students have also been reviewing strategies for decoding difficult words.  Some fluency building and decoding strategies that we practiced can be seen in the photos below.


We also began thinking a little more about the characters in the books we read.  During read aloud and independent reading, we practiced identifying the traits of various characters and giving reasons to support our ideas.  As well, we discussed how characters can change throughout a story.

Questions you can ask your child at home:

  • Who is the main character in this book? Tell about him or her.
  • Tell about a character that you would (or would not!) like to meet from your book. Explain why (or why not!) you would like to meet this character.
  • How did the main character change during the story?  Ex. How did their feelings, actions, sayings, or thoughts change?

In writing, we have begun a new unit on opinion writing.  This week we reviewed what an opinion is and we practiced giving reasons for various opinions that we have.  Next week, we will practice letter writing skills as we write letters to classmates stating our opinions about the books we read and the characters within them.

In math, we have been working on reading and creating bar graphs and pictographs.  Next week, the kids will deepen their understanding of data collecting and graphs by creating their own survey question, collecting the data, and creating a graph for others to read their findings.

The focus of our unit of inquiry this week has been on inventions old and new.  The kids looked at pictures of old inventions and had to guess what their functions were, how they worked, and whether we still use anything like them.  They then compared and contrasted old inventions to their modern versions. Finally, we ended the week by visiting the Shenzhen Museum where students looked into Shenzhen’s past, discovering what types of jobs people used to have, when the city started, and how the city has changed over time.  Next week we will take a closer look at how Shenzhen has changed over time, comparing Shenzhen of the past to the Shenzhen of now.


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