New Year, New Learning Targets!

posted Jan 6, 2013, 4:13 PM by Kari Hildreth
While winter break was lovely, I'm looking forward to hitting the ground running in Reading and Language Arts. In Reading, we'll be focusing on identifying facts (and false facts) and opinions. With the wealth of information (both trustworthy and otherwise) available via digital media, this is a skill I feel is particularly important for our 21st century learners. 

We'll also be taking a look at how prefixes, roots, and suffixes all work together to form word meanings. This will cross over into our work in Language Arts, as we'll begin a series of six spelling units focused around understanding and using common prefixes, roots, and suffixes. We'll take spelling tests as normal, and we'll also be taking weekly vocabulary quick checks to monitor understanding of prefix/root/suffix meanings. 

In Language Arts, we'll also spend some time working with nouns and their roles in sentences. Students will learn about common and proper nouns, plural nouns, possessive nouns, and pronouns. Students will be provided with multiple opportunities to practice these concepts while honing their skills as writers. 

Finally, starting the week of January 7th, you'll start to see a change in our Nightly Reading routine. Depending on the week, students will either be provided with the new style of reading log or will be given Study Island online assignments to complete. Students, please do not complete Study Island topics ahead of when they are assigned!

The style of reading log can be viewed/printed here: Nightly Reading Log (summary version)