In Language Arts we are still using both fictional literature and informational text. With prompting and support, the students will describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text. They will also compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories. In informational text, identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures). This is difficult for students and we will continue workin on this.
The students will be still be distinguishing between singular and plural nouns, categorizing words, and exploring the relationship between words with similar meanings. Students will also count syllables, isolate phonemes, and recognizing frequently used sight words. Your child should be working on learning the high frequency words that were sent home earlier this year. They need to know the first thirty of the Fry list words by the end of the year.
Our spelling tests and writing have been going pretty well. You can help by working on the words with your child and making sure they understand the meaning. In writing, they need to start a sentence with a capital letter, leave spaces (a big problem) and end with punctuation.
In Math we are going to be working adding and subtracting. The students will be allowed to use manipulatives to solve problems, but the must become proficient in adding and subtracting within five. When you work with your child, do various problems and include word problems. These are difficult for the students to work with as they must listen, decide what the question is, determine if it is addition or subtraction and then solve. Also, problems with missing addends or subtrahends (i.e., 3 + ___=7 or 6-___=2) are hard for the kids, so that is a great area to help your child with.
Social Studies we are finishing up a unit on being good citizens. We have been discussing how to get along, how to make decisions in a group and how to solve problems.
In Science, we are beginning our study of life science. We are discussing living and not-living and what you use to determine. Living things eat, breath, reproduce and move. The class has trouble with things like trees being living because they don't see them eating or moving. It is a difficult concept in some respects. We will be working on plants and animals and what they need. We will also be looking at how they are often portrayed in literature with characteristics they don't really have. We will be planting our garden box with vegetables and will be planting flowers.
In general, you can help your student by asking about what they are learning in school and asking specific questions based on what they tell you.