Starting this week, our reading homework will look a little different. The homework will be a menu. Your child will be allowed to choose 3 items from the menu to complete for their homework! They must choose one item from each level. The homework items can be completed on any piece of paper you can find at home! :) Just attach it to the homework menu before turning it in. View our homework menu below. (Click the title to print the menu...in case your copy is missing!)
Last week, we finished up our author study on Cynthia Rylant. I think everyone really enjoyed all of her books. We voted on our favorite Cynthia Rylant book and the winner was...
The Old Woman Who Named Things!
Ask your child to SUMMARIZE this book for you!
This week we are beginning a new author study on Patricia Polacco. She has MANY great books! We began the unit by looking at her website to learn more about her and what she writes about. She has a really great website. Check it out!
We will be reading many of Patricia Polacco's books this week. We will also discuss how her books are similar or different to Cynthia Rylant's books.
In Writing we are starting something new and exciting....Poetry! The kids are very excited about it, and so am I. They are already surprising me with some amazing poems! We hope to keep our poems and make our very own poetry books at the end of this unit!
We began the poetry unit by looking at an object like a scientist and then looking at that same object like a poet. We used the paper below to help us with that.
We are starting a new unit! My favorite unit... author studies! We will study different stories by the same author. This is so much fun!
Our objectives during the unit:
*Study the biography of the author to understand why he/she writes about certain topics.
*Discuss similarities and differences across several books by the author.
*Notice how the author uses illustrations, and language in his/her stories.
*Compare two different authors and their work.
Throughout the unit we will also continue to discuss and use the reading strategies that we have been working on all year, like:
Wow!! That's a lot! :)
The first author we will study is Cynthia Rylant! Check out her website to learn more about this amazing author!
We will continue to work on writing our all-about books. These are non-fiction books on a topic that they are very familiar with. Take a look at the checklist that we use in class to make sure we have everything we need in our all about books. (Ask your child about this at home!)
We will be choosing one of our all-about books to publish soon!