Reading: We’re continuing to explore a variety of texts, including beginning our first novel study. We’ll be reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. This historical fiction text explores efforts by the citizens of Denmark to secret their Jewish neighbors to safety during World War II. Students were introduced to the event during our Courage to Stand program, and students are encouraged to have greater discussions at home. I have extra copies of the book for any parents interested in reading it. As part of our novel study, students will be introduced to and examine “signposts” often found in quality novels.
Students also will begin their next independent reading project next week. We’re scheduled to visit the library Tuesday, and students need to get their novel selection approved by next Friday. I’ll post a copy of the project packet in the links section, though please note that some adjustments have been made in the packets distributed in class. Students should have their novel and packet at school daily. We’ll also do the final assembling at school, and — big hint — it’s generally better if student keep packet stapled together until that point so that they do not lose any pages. The packets include a few extra pages, if needed.
Writing: We're doing a more in-depth examination of expository text as well as continuing to work on grammar skills and honing our revising and editing skills.
We recently received word that students will be allowed to use dictionaries with this year’s STAAR writing test, so we’ll include more review and practice of dictionary skills in the classroom. Please also encourage your child to use a dictionary when needed at home
Social studies: We're looking at the settlement of Texas by colonists from the United States and headed for a revolt against Mexico. This is a great time for a day trip to San Antonio and Gonzales to see where some of these historic events took place.
Social Emotional: We're beginning our study of managing emotions.