Friday, October 10, 2014

Enjoying a good book!
HappyWeekend!                                         
     Our week continued to focus on inferencing skills during Reader's Workshop. We shared our read-a-loud Animal House and IZ while identifying opportunities to infer and write about our thinking. The students tried their hand at inferring and writing about their thinking while reading their own books. Next week we will continue inferring as we start looking at the character traits of characters in our books. Eventually, we will put the traits together with inferring to think more deeply about what drives a character's behavior.
Inferring and writing our thinking.
     Most of our work in Writer's Workshop was focused around writing effective paragraphs. Writing a topic sentence that tells the reader what the paragraph is about was a priority as well as detail sentences to support the topic. We also had a chance to write pen pal letters to our friends at the Saint Bahkita School in Uganda, Africa. The kids are excited to get letters back in a few months.
     Please check your email in the coming days. You will be receiving an email from me with information regarding conference dates and times. Language Arts conferences will be held the last week of October and the first week of November.
More great Readers!

     Your child is coming home with a fundraising packet today. This fundraiser helps earn money for field trips, guest speakers, and activities to enhance learning at HMS. The first collection date is Oct. 17 and the last collection date is Oct. 24. This is not a classroom requirement. If you and your family choose to participate, HMS greatly appreciates your effort. Any questions you may have can be directed to the main office

ENJOY THE LONG WEEKEND!

     

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