This week in 2D we practiced identifying ‘literary language’ while we read. The children learned all about idioms and comparisons (similes) and the importance of stopping to think about what the author’s meaning is when they use such special language. Some comprehension questions we asked this week were:
- What does the author mean when they say…
- How did the character change throughout the story? How was the character the same or different from the beginning of the story to the end?
- Can you give a quick retell of the story? (See the 5 finger retell – emphasize that a retell should be quick and only include the important parts of the story).
In writing, we practiced the concept of cause & effect. The children were given scenarios where they either identified the causes or effects. They then practiced their paragraph writing skills while sharing their thinking. They also wrote paragraphs sharing about their amazing CNY break! They focused on the skill of considering their audience – what type of details would the people who read their paragraph want to hear?
In math, we learned about line plot graphs. Similar to bar graphs, they are a handy way to collect and visually represent data. We practiced our fact fluency skills and ability to regroup 1s, 10s, and 100s through some fun games. Next week, we will begin learning about time. Our goal will be to tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
In our unit of inquiry we practiced our ‘historical research’ skills. The children selected a topic (school, children’s lives, or transportation) and looked at various sources to come to discover how these aspects of life were the same or different in the past. Our sources included: articles, pictures, videos, historical fiction, people. Next week, students will begin their final projects. I will be sending home a short interview that your child should do with you early this week!