Reading- In Reading we are still working in the genre of Realistic Fiction working with narrative stories. This week, students will work to reproduce stories given the events of the story using their knowledge of narrative superstructure.
As we continue to consume and work in this genre, we are noticing craft elements. This week we will begin to learn about and watch for backstory. Backstory allows the reader to know a piece of the characters past that may help us understand the characters feelings, actions and motivations. Super heroes have RICH backstory. We will look into a few of our favorite super heroes pasts to help us understand this craft element.
Writing- We are spiraling back to review and practice conversations. You can help us at home! We are trying to talk without raising our hands about what happened in the story this week. We read The Old Woman Who Named Things last week and will work in that book this week to understand the plot and theme of the book.
Word Work-Thank you for talking about how words work at home! We will have our spelling test on Tuesday, November 17.
Remember, that we work each day in class and November 18-November 24 I will be looking for students to apply their spelling words correctly in their reading and writing.
Social Studies- We will have our landforms and geography quiz on Friday. A review sheet went home on Friday, 11/13. Please use the discussion questions, notes from our social studies journal, graded papers and our online resource www.studiesweekly.com to help your child review what we have learned in class.
We are moving onto maps and globes! What if you were lost at sea with no technology?! We will learn the important impact of these tools on helping us navigate our way home.
Here is some academic language that you can discuss and study at home to support your learner through this unit: grid, map, globe, longitude, latitude, compass rose, cardinal directions, hemisphere, Columbus, key, symbols, legend, equator, city, continents, states, oceans, and geographer.