Weekly Learning Targets


This week in reading, our essential question has been, Why do people immigrate to new places? To help us understand this concept, we read two historical fiction texts, The Castle on Hester Street and “Next Stop, America.” While reading, we worked on understanding the story's theme while paying close attention to what the characters do and say. Also, we worked on understanding cause and effect while reading the story, The Rain Came Down. The cause explains why something happened, and the effect describes what happened. We also discussed signal words that indicate this text structure. They include the terms so, because, since, if…then, as a result, and therefore. 


We began learning about a new genre of writing called informational. To help the kids understand this style, they were given various nonfiction books and encouraged to “read like a writer” as they perused the texts. During our discussion, they identified multiple features of informational writing. We also spent significant time determining the difference between opinion and information. 


We continued working on vowel and consonant suffixes while working on the 1:1:1 rule.  This rule helps determine when to double the final consonant before adding a vowel suffix. Ask the following questions about the base word. 

  1. How many syllables? One syllable.

  2. How many vowels? One vowel.

  3. How many consonants are after the vowel? One consonant.

For example, look at the word hop. It has one syllable, one vowel, and one consonant. Therefore, it becomes hopping when adding the suffix. The double pp help the base word remain a closed word (short vowel). 



This week, we began Unit 6: Connect Area to Multiplication and Addition.  Our lessons focused on the understanding that area refers to the amount of surface covered. A visual that helps students is drawing a garden/yard and putting a fence around it. Then color the inside where the grass would be. That space is the area.

The area is measured in square units, which might look like this When the square units are placed on a figure or space, you can count each square to determine the area covered.  Besides using a complete square, the area can also be measured using half-square units.  Just like a square unit, half units can also cover the space.  is a half-square unit. If you put two halves together, they equal one square unit. We will be taking our unit test on Thursday, Nov. 17th.


Social Studies

We continued to learn about immigration and why people leave their homes. Then, we began preparing for our journey to Ellis Island. The kids had six options for each category to gather information about their hypothetical life. First, they had to roll a die to determine their age, homeland, traveling family members, medical condition, arrival destination, boat, useful skills, and class.  They will use the information on Wednesday during our simulation of Ellis Island. 


Please have your child bring a box (trunk) or bag with five items they would like to take to the United States on Wednesday. We brainstormed items people would have taken with them as they left their homeland and ventured to the US. 


During Pack PRIDE, we focused on identifying and expressing sadness and happiness. We discussed different strategies to use when we feel either emotion. For example, many kids prefer to draw or write about their emotions, which are great strategies. Journaling is another strategy that allows us to be reflective and express our emotions. The biggest takeaway for the kids was that whatever strategy you use, you need to practice it to become a habit.