Language Arts (Reading, English, Spelling, Writing)
Approximately each week we will cover (read, discuss, test on) one story from our Journeys Reading Series. Included in each story are new vocabulary words and a spelling list. Students should be able to read each vocabulary word, know the definition and use it in a sentence. They will be responsible for learning how to read, spell, and write their assigned spelling words correctly. These lists will be sent home at the beginning of the week (usually Monday). Please help your child study these words. The more practice they have with them, the better they will understand the reading! When we start a new story, I will also send home a paper stating the title and page number of the selection. I expect students to take their books home and reread each story to a family member or friend. A suggestion for when a story is lengthy is for your child to read it over the course of the week. Most spelling and reading tests will be given on Fridays.
** As your child reads each story to you, ask him or her questions about the story to be sure that he or she understands what he or she is reading. If you notice that your child is struggling, please contact me and I will provide you with some suggestions.
PLEASE REVIEW MATH FACTS WITH YOUR CHILD OFTEN! If possible review facts each night. We will be reviewing addition and subtraction facts as well as beginning multiplication and division this year.
It is so very important that your child memorize these facts. Flashcards are a great way to practice! Turn the practice into an interactive game!
Along with mastering basic facts, there will be an emphasis on math word problems and explaining their work in words. Here is a helpful way to solve word problems:
1. Read the problem and decide what you need to find or solve. Look for clue words (addition and multiplication: in all, total, sum/product, each … subtraction and division clues: difference/quotient, how many more, less, fewer, and how many groups)
2. Choose a strategy to solve (draw a picture or write a number sentence)
3. Write out the problem or draw a picture to solve.
4. Solve the problem!5. Label and check your work.
Math homework is assigned 1-2 nights of the week. Often you will see the assignment consisting of a few problems from the "Practice" side of the workbook page that we went over together in class. If you review the other side of the workbook page ("R" side), you will see exactly how we solved similar problems earlier that day.