This week in reading we have been working on building our foundational non-fiction literary comprehension skills. We have practiced previewing the text before reading, looking at the headings and subheadings to try to think what the text will be about. Also, we have practiced envisioning as we read non-fiction to help us understand what we are learning. Students also practiced monitoring as they read to make sure it makes sense. These are important skills that will help students identify the main idea of the text.
In writing we have been working on our note-taking skills, following a boxes and bullets format. Students are asked to identify the key details and determine the main idea. We have worked to develop main ideas that are our ideas, instead of just the topic. For example, we have been studying gorillas adaptations, the main idea of the section is that gorillas have adapted to their environment in order to survive. We have been practicing writing main idea paragraphs that have a main idea and supporting details.
In math we took our first practice SBAC assessment. Students practiced logging into the system and taking a test on the computer. I was very proud of how hard the students worked and the effort they showed. Additionally, we have been reviewing for our fractions and decimals assessment. We will begin reviewing for our winter benchmark assessment that will occur the last week of January.
Have a great weekend.