*Note: This blog post will cover the rest of the month of April AND the first week of May (the week before Milestones testing begins).
*Word Work skills will still be updated at the bottom of the blog bi-weekly.
Each week during the month of April and May (until Milestones testing begins) we will be reviewing skills and strategies learned throughout the school year. Each week will cover a different genre (type) of reading. For example, this week will focus on narratives (fiction texts), the following week will focus on literary nonfiction (true information told like a story), and finally informational nonfiction (expository texts). The primary skills reviewed will be about how to read passages to get the "gist", and then rereading to closely examine parts of the text in relation to different story elements and how those elements are supported by evidence from the text.
In addition, each week will include teaching specific skills in small groups, independent reading and practice with note-taking, and will end with a reading marathon to build reading stamina.
You may have also noticed that reading passages are being sent home with your child for homework twice a week (or have been loaded into your child's Google Classroom). This is to prepare them for reading different types of passages that will be similar to what they will come across when taking the GA Milestones assessment.
Writing will be an extension of what the students will be working on in Reading. Basically, the anchor text in the Reading block (this week it's an "Excerpt from Hattie Big Sky") will be used to help develop the writing skills for answering different types of questions about a passage. On the GA Milestones assessment, students are asked to respond to questions called "Constructed Response" and "Extended Constructed Response". With constructed response, students need to be able to "construct" a response that will answer a question in about 5-8 sentences. With an extended constructed response, students are expected to "construct" a response that will answer a question in an essay format (typically around 5 paragraphs).
Rest assured that we have been working on these skills all year. Much of the practice will also include how to use the scratch paper they will be given to take notes, which will support them in writing a well-organized response.
Word Work (4/15 - 4/19)
For this next session of word work, which we call "Week 13", students will be focusing on the following:
Roots and Affixes
- (Root)tele; (Prefix)tri-; (suffixes)-ial, -ty, -ity
- Roots & Affixes
- Students will complete two word sorts (and accompanying activities) in their differentiated workbooks.
Word Work Week 13 Choice Board Due THIS Friday, April 19th!