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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Retelling a Story

We have been working on retelling a story or chapter of a story that we have read. Retelling is different from summarizing because in summarizing you tell only the most important points in a short statement or paragraph form while retelling is telling the entire story over again including the little details (especially the character's names). This is the best way to assess what a child at this age/developmental stage understands about a story. If they can retell it accurately and in sequence, then they understand it. If they get confused or tell it in a random order then they may have issues with their comprehension.

Reading consists of many components but all of these components lead to reading comprehension. We read to get the meaning of the piece of text we are reading. We try to incorporate comprehension instruction all along the way. We begin with decoding skills or word attack skills but we talk about the meaning of the story, too. We then move on to teaching fluency. Fluency is reading in a smooth manner with good expression. Fluent reading helps comprehension. If a child is reading with expression you can tell that he or she understands what they are reading. While students will continue to work on decoding skills and fluency throughout their school years, after first and second grade, reading instruction becomes mainly about comprehension.

We need to build a good foundation for your child's reading comprehension now. You can help by asking your child to retell the stories or a chapter of a story that he or she reads to you (make sure you have read the story, too, so you know if they are accurate). You can also retell stories that you read aloud together. Take turns retelling parts of the story that you just read together and make it fun. This practice will really helps develop your child's comprehension and vocabulary.

Special Guests
Today we had some special guests visit our crew. My husband, daughter and mother-in-law came in during independent reading and Exploration Stations. My husband and daughter have this week off at their school and my in-laws are visiting. My mother-in-law was an elementary school librarian for 25 years. It was fun to have them visit today. They were very impressed by the communication skills of our crew.

No homework over the long weekend. Enjoy your time with your family and be sure to include some great books.

Our IA next week is Art.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thank You for the Book Fair Books

During last week's book fair, several students bought books to donate to our crew. We have read a couple of them as a crew and we are really enjoying them. Thank you to Madison, Landon, Jack, Will and Evan for the gift of books.

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 4.9 My Timeline

Important Dates
11/26-11/28 No School ~ Thanksgiving
12/5 Fieldwork to Joyous Chinese Cultural Center
12/19 Fieldwork to Pacific Ocean Market and King's Land Restaurant
12/22 - 1/5 Winter Break
2/26 Winter Voyage ~ Day 1 - not an overnight trip (Day 2 will be in April - also not an overnight trip)

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Feast

Yesterday was our Thanksgiving Feast at school. Many of our parents came to eat lunch with us. Enjoy the pictures below.

Our IA next week is PE.

No homework for the weekend. Enjoy some great books with your child.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Service Learning

This morning we went back to Bonaventure Senior Living Center for another visit. This time we each chose a book or two to read to a resident there. We practiced our reading so that we could read our books fluently. We also made a Thanksgiving decoration for the residents to hang up in their common area. It is a tree with fall leaves. On each leaf we each wrote something we were thankful for. It was another very rewarding experience. This crew is so sweet, kind and patient. Ask your child to tell you all about it.

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 4.7 Domino Dots

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tweeting with Our Friends in Australia

Last week we learned how to use Twitter to tweet questions and comments to our friends in Australia. We are just getting started and hope to continue to do more in the future but we will see if this idea catches on with the crew. All of our tweets must be approved by a teacher before we can hit the "tweet" button (we want to be sure our audience can read our tweets - they don't have to be perfect just readable). Below is a sample of some of our tweets. Click here to see our crew Twitter page. Click on the pictures below to see a larger view.

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 4.8 Telling Time

No library this week because the Book Fair is in the library.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Measuring with a Tape Measure

We are continuing to learn about the various ways to measure things. Today we learned that we could use a tape measure to measure things that aren't flat. We used tape measures to measure parts of our bodies: wrists, heads, waist, ankles, etc. It was tricky to hold the tape measure in place but we certainly enjoyed working at it.

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 4.6 Measuring Tools