Weekly Learning Targets

In reading, we have been using short articles to guide our conversations and go deeper during discussions. The kids have been asked to read a couple of paragraphs at a time and then asked to stop, pause, and think about a question. While reading a second time, the kids annotate the short story accordingly. Next, the questions asked required the students to reference the specific details from the text to support their answers. We will continue to work on this skill in the coming week.  


Besides understanding how to structure sentences for engagement, we also focused on vocabulary while writing informational text. We discussed how there are three different levels of words that people use. The first tier words are the commonly used words, typically sight words. Second-tier words are more engaging and unique. The third tier is words specific to academia (math, science, social studies). The kids immediately took to the challenge of finding more engaging words in their writing. They were also very reflective in thinking about word use. I shared a cake (poster) that had three different tiers. Each tier is different depending on the complexity. 


In science, we continue to explore the coral reef. Students have been placed in their dive teams to research the process by which corals grow and form in their 3D habitat while providing opportunities and living space for a range of life. Some of the organisms discussed include coral, plants, algae, invertebrates, and vertebrate species. Also, they have learned about the basic anatomy of the coral poly and their life cycle. I will ultimately add their findings to our interactive class mural.  


We continued to work on the vowel-consonate-e syllable (v-e). The kids learned a new spelling rule when adding a vowel suffix to a v-e word. They need to drop the -e and add the suffix but can add it without changing anything. 



This week we began unit 9: Fluently add and subtract to 1,000. Our initial lesson focused on using prior knowledge regarding place value to break apart two three-digit numbers into simpler numbers before solving the problem. Next, we began regrouping in the ones, tens, and hundreds. The most common mistake has been when students regroup. They forget to add the number they moved over to the next place value. Many students are a little rusty on addition and subtraction. They would benefit from extra practice at home.


During pack PRIDE, we discussed the importance of reading expressions. This included facial expressions, eyes, and body language. The kids were shocked to find out that people communicate more through nonverbal expressions than verbally. But more importantly, when paying attention to nonverbal cues during a conversation, we gain insight into how someone feels, as they may not verbally express their true feelings.