• 6.1 Week of April 2nd

    This week our class will be focusing on how we can work together to make our lives better. We will discuss some of the rights and responsibilities of people.

    Weekly Concept – Taking Action
    Essential Question – How can we work together to make our lives better?
    Comprehension Skill – Theme
    Comprehension Strategy – Reread
    Genre – Fantasy
    Grammar – Pronouns
    Phonics Skill – Words with /u/
    Writing Traits – Sentence Fluency:  Varying Sentence Length

    Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

    Word Workout

    • Words to Know: synonyms Help your child find the word that is a synonym for a word you name. You will do this for all the vocabulary words.
    • Spelling/Phonics: variant vowel spellings oo, u, u_e, ew, ue, ui, ou Your child will fill in missing letters that stand for the vowel sound heard in each word. This week’s phonics sounds are variant vowel sounds, as in hoop, music, flute, crew, blue, suit, and soup.

    Comprehension: theme

    Help your child choose pictures that show a theme, then tell a story to go with one of the pictures.

     


    6.2 Week of April 9th

    This week our class will be focusing on who helps us. We will name and discuss neighborhood people that help us and other people who help society.

    Weekly Concept – My team
    Essential Question – Who helps you?
    Comprehension Skill – Author’s Purpose
    Comprehension Strategy – Reread
    Genre – Possessive Pronouns
    Phonics Skill – Words with /o/
    Writing Traits – Voice:  Express Your Feelings

    Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

    Word Workout

    • Words to Know: antonyms Help your child find the word that is an antonym of each word you say.
    • Spelling/Phonics: variant vowel spellings a, au, aw, augh, al Your child will read the words, then write as many as she or he can remember. This week’s phonics sounds are variant vowel sounds, as in call, law, haul, taught, and salt.

    Comprehension: author’s purpose

    Help your child read a selection, then tell if the author wanted to entertain readers or give information.

     


    6.3 Week of April 16th

    This week our class will be focusing on how weather affects us. We will discuss how weather changes from day to day and identify patterns in weather.

    Weekly Concept – Weather Together
    Essential Question – How can weather affect us?
    Comprehension Skill – Plot:  Cause and Effect
    Comprehension Strategy – Reread & Visualize
    Genre – Realistic Fiction
    Grammar – Indefinite Pronouns
    Phonics Skill – Words with silent letters
    Writing Traits – Word Choice:  Use Describing Words

    Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

    Word Workout

    • Words to Know: similes You and your child will take turns using pairs of words in one sentence.
    • Spelling/Phonics: silent letters wr, kn, gn You will play “Make a Word” with your child. The player with the most coins wins the game. This week’s phonics sounds are silent letters, as in write, knife, and gnat.

    Comprehension: character, setting, plot

    Help your child read about events and write the kind of weather that causes each event to happen.

     


    6.4 Week of April 23rd

    This week our class will be focusing on the traditions we know about. We will discuss how traditions and customs affect our society and culture.

    Weekly Concept – Sharing Traditions
    Essential Question – What is a tradition?  What traditions do you know about?
    Comprehension Skill – Theme
    Comprehension Strategy – Visualize
    Genre – Realistic Fiction
    Grammar – Using I and Me
    Phonics Skill – Words with three letter blends
    Writing Traits – Sentence Fluency:  Varying Sentence Types

    Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

    Word Workout

    • Words to Know: compound words Your child will use the words to make up sentences about family traditions.
    • Spelling/Phonics: three-letter blends Help your child write the word that matches the three-letter blend. This week’s phonics sounds are the three-letter blends scr, spl, spr, str, thr, and shr, as in scrub, splash, spray, strap, three, and shrill.

    Comprehension: theme

    You will help your child decide what to include on a poster. Then you will help your child tell a story about the theme.

     


    6.5 Week of April 30th

    This week our class will be focusing on why we celebrate holidays. We will discuss the practices and traditions that unite all Americans.

    Weekly Concept – Celebrate America!
    Essential Question – Why do we celebrate holidays?
    Comprehension Skill – Author’s Purpose
    Comprehension Strategy – Reread
    Genre – Non-Fiction (Informational)
    Grammar – Adverbs that Tell How
    Phonics Skill – Words with /ar/
    Writing Traits – Ideas:  Main Idea and Details

    Here are some activities that you can do with your child to help reinforce the skills we’ll be practicing.

    Word Workout

    • Words to Know: metaphors Help your child use the words to complete sentences.
    • Spelling/Phonics: r-controlled vowels Your child will write each word in the correct column and think of a new rhyming word for each. This week’s phonics sounds are the r-controlled vowels air, are, and ear, as in stairs, hare, and bear.

    Comprehension: author’s purpose

    Help your child read a story and complete a chart to determine the author’s purpose.