Humanities consists of integrating Reading and Social Studies content. We follow a Reading Workshop format in which students will learn both reading and social studies concepts through daily integrated lessons. Students will then apply their new knowledge through reader's responses, journaling, blogging, digital products and numerous other ways. Independent reading time is an important concept of Reader's Workshop in which students will read independently each day during this time.
Students will receive small group Guided Reading instruction in which students are grouped by text level.
Reading concepts include:
Vocabulary development through phonics, sight words and context clues
Story Elements / Plot
Making relationships through text-to-text connections, text-to-self connections and text-to-world connections.
Social Studies concepts include:
Being good citizens
Leadership qualities & community leaders
Students will follow a Writing Workshop model in which they are given opportunities to write daily in a variety of genres.
Writing concepts will include:
Procedures for Writing Workshop
Small moments, Expository, and How-to writing
Basic grammar and sentence structure (noun, verb, adjective)
Writing strategies and skills
Literary techniques (voice, descriptive words, strong beginnings, etc.)
Editing and revising
Students will be expected to form letters and numbers correctly and legibly with spaces between words and letters. Focus is on manuscript instead of cursive. Cursive will not be allowed on school work. Please encourage your child to use capitals and lower case letters where appropriate. We use the Zaner-Bloser program.
SpellingStudents will be given differentiated word sorts and will be assessed by the teacher once every two weeks. The students' spelling schedule is as follows:
- On Mondays, students will create personal spelling cards using words provided by the teacher. Teachers will demonstrate how students sort their words based on the "rule". Students will also be given 3 differentiated sight words to practice sorting for the remainder of the week.
Students will take a picture of their words in order to practice them at home. Below are a few examples of engaging activities to help your child practice!* Writing words with Playdough* Painting words*Spelling City App*Magnetic ABC App* Writing Wizard App* Using Dot paint pens to spell the words* Write letters on legos and allow child to build their words* Write a funny story using spelling AND sight words.
- Students will choose from several different strategies to practice their sight words and spelling words throughout week two. On Friday, students will be assessed using sentence dictation.
Math includes both concepts and basic computation. Students will use hands on activities to gain a deeper understanding of these concepts:
number sense to 120
basic addition and subtraction
geometry and fractions
* Please practice basic addition & subtraction facts with your child daily. We encourage you to make flash cards or use the online program, XtraMath.
We use the Texas Go Math math program in addition to other resources.
Students will predict, observe, and record data. They will be able to compare facts, formulate ideas and apply concepts to solve problems.