Current Units through October 18, 2018


Today we are beginning our second unit of Math. The concepts covered in this unit will be place value of larger numbers, addition, and subtraction of multi-digit numbers, as well as creating and interpreting graphs and data. The unit will last approximately three weeks with the final assessment tentatively planned for the week of October 7-11th.

Please find attached the family letter with information about the unit vocabulary and answers for homework. Also attached is the unit’s Profile of Progress with related IXL modules.

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Unit 1: The Arc of the Story; Writing Realistic Fiction

1 – Creating and Developing Stories and Characters that feel real.

  • Imagining stories from small moments
  • Developing believable characters
  • giving characters struggles and motivations
  • Plotting with a story arc

2 – Drafting and revising with an eye toward believability

  • Show, don’t tell
  • feeling and drafting the heart of your story
  • orienting readers with setting
  • writing powerful endings

3 – Preparing for publication with an audience in mind.

The kids love writing their stories and can’t wait to show you their final piece!

We have four different units in reading that we will visit throughout the course of the year. At the start of each unit, the students are given a pre-assessment. Teachers use this pre-assessment to determine the areas of growth and areas of extension for each child. This pre-assessment, along with reading assessments given in class help us break students up into flexible reading groups. These reading groups are regularly changed and adjusted according to what we are working on. In class, the structure is as follows: we start with a large group, teacher models reading with the students, students go off and read independently while teacher meets with small groups of students, and in some cases 1:1. Attached, is a sample of our pre-assessment for Unit 1.
Currently, we are on Unit 1.
Unit 1: Interpreting Characters
For this unit, we are focusing on understanding and interpreting characters’ feelings, emotions and actions.
1 – Read Intensely:
  • Reading as you are in the book.
  • Figuring out confusing parts in a book.
  • Stop and jot important parts that need more discussion.
  • Read at a proper speed – parts that need to be read slowly should not be rushed, envision the story as it’s told.
  • Find the flow of the book – where are the problems, where are the solutions.
  • Make a movie of the book in your mind.
2 – Grow Ideas about a Character:
  • Use patterns in the character’s actions to form ideas (what patters are you noticing about them?)
  • How do the character’s new actions fit or change these patterns you’ve noticed?
  • Stop and think – why might a character act like this?
  • Pay attention to a character’s desires and how they are achieved. (What do they want? What obstacles must they overcome? What motivations do they have?)
  • Stop and think – what does the author repeat about a character? Why does he/she repeat these things?
3 – How to Build an Interpretation:
  • Do everything you’ve learned about how to read intensely.
  • Read, while thinking about many aspects of the book.
  • Ask early on in the book “what is this story about?”.
  • Be alert for any parts of the book that seem very important.
  • Connect different parts of the book and try to think across the entire book.
  • Connect all of the ideas that you’ve had about the book.

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