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Reading Units of Study
We continue to encourage children to use strategies that will help them build good reading habits to become stronger readers. One strategy we have used throughout the year is to use post-its to show when they have a had a thinking, wondering, or learn something about a character. We've also begun to use different post-its to help the children build the habit of interacting with the text.  I will send a copy of these to be kept at home.  It has aided them with comprehension because they have to explain why they put a post-it on a particular page.
The children have also been reading books in a series and seem to be enjoying them.  Becoming familiar with a series aids in comprehension as they are able to really get to know the characters well and make good predictions and wonderings about what will happen next. 

Close reading a text is an important skill they children will be learning about.  We will be using informational texts to find evidence to a key question as well as the main idea and details.


Writing Units of Study
 We will begin to delve into one of my favorite units of study: poetry.  We will begin to explore poems that rhyme and don't rhyme and line breaks and similes. The children will begin to see how poets take an ordinary object and describe it and create strong mental images.


Math

Some of the topics that we will begin to explore will be telling time, counting money and geometry. We hope to get to addition and subtraction of three digit numbers with without regrouping.


Social Studies
The class will begin to learn about goods and services, producers and consumers.

Science

Houghton Mifflin Science program will focus on three areas of science: Plants, Animals and Living Things, The Earth's Surface and Matter and Energy.  This is a perfect time of year to talk about Earth's natural resources.  We will look into conservation, pollution, litter, and different kinds of energy.