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    What We Are Learning!

    I am going to try to keep this page up to date so you will have an idea what we are doing in class.  Please always feel free to call me or e-mail (mary.blanchette@marion.k12.fl.us) if you want to know how your child is doing, or what you can do to help them at home.  I will be adding some helpful websites for each subject soon.  Don't forget your child can access their student portal and have access to MyOn where they can read hundreds of books that are on their level.  If they have forgotten their passwords please email me. 

    Math:

    Two and Three Digit numbers:  Addition, Subtraction and Story Problems

    Reading 

    The very most important thing you can do to help your child become a better reader is to read to them and with them.  Discuss the story with them as you would with a friend in a book club.  Instead of recall questions like, "What is the name of the character?"  ask them questions about how different characters responded to the problem or event in a story.  Did anything surprise them in the story?   If you make reading a special time your child will learn to look forward to reading.  Pick up your own book and set an example.  

    The standard we are working on at the moment is determining the author's point of view.   Continue to practice problems and solutions, text features, and what might happen next in the story.

    We are working on writing informational text this nine weeks.  I am teaching them how to make a simple outline before they begin their story.  Then they practice making and perfecting a great beginning paragraph.  They share with the class and we discuss what is working and what might need to be tweaked.  We do this paragraph by paragraph.  In addition to this formal writing process, they write in every single subject usually in their subject area journals.  They write to explain science experiments, math concepts and social studies research.  I am a bit of a stickler for neat handwriting and using capitals and periods.  After a few times of redoing their work to fix things they tend to improve their handwriting.

    Science

    We are getting ready to start studying the human body. 

    Social Studies

    We will begin working on immigration.