Here's what we are working on this week:
Spelling - We will be spending the rest of this week and all of next week going over the spelling program, spelling groups, nightly homework, and in class spelling work.
Reading - Reading is Thinking through the use of Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. We will use this novel to teach the foundational comprehension skills of what good readers do (thinking) while they read. We have already read the first two chapters and the kids are HOOKED! The skills we've practiced so far are visualization (creating mental pictures and drawing them from what we've read) and connections (making a connection to the book: text-to-text, text-to-self, or text-to-world).
Writing- Personal Narratives using a Heart Map. We are using a graphic organizer called a Heart Map to come up with ideas to write, then will expand on those ideas gradually adding details to complete an essay.