In Unit 3 of Teacher's College, students will be able to become better readers by using reading strategies known as their “super powers”. In the first bend, pointer power is introduced. This reading strategy helps students point as they read, tapping each word once, checking that their reading makes sense, and anchoring their pointing by noting the words they know in a “snap”. In the second bend, students move from familiar to unfamiliar words that adds to students’ repertoires of super powers. These strategies teach students to search for meaning, use picture clues, and to use the sound of the first letter of a word to help them read. In the final bend, students use all their super powers as they work to make their voices smoother and to communicate their understanding of the text.
In Unit 3 of Teacher’s College Writing curriculum, students will be able to write personal narratives by thinking of a true experience that they have had. Students will be able to think and draw a beginning, middle and end. Within those pages, students will work on adding stretched out sentences, finger spaces, capital letters and punctuation. Students amplified their writing by adding feelings and speech bubbles.
In Chapter 6 of GO Math, students will be able to subtract numbers by using various strategies. They are beginning to be able to articulate that to subtract means they can take apart or take from. Students use a variety of ways to solve, model, draw and act out subtraction problems. They have worked on subtraction problem solving by using ten frames, drawing pictures, writing subtraction equations and using number lines. They have learned that when you have a [big] number and you take away a small number, you are left with a smaller number. With this concept, they can write subtraction sentences.
In our current unit of Fundations, students will be able to write capital letters by using different strategies. Students use wipe off boards, magnetic tiles and complete letter centers in order to solidify their uppercase knowledge. Students have learned that we begin our names and sentences with capital letters. They are learning how to write uppercase letters by first, watching through a demonstration. Then, they listen by hearing how the letter should be formed, and then practice writing it independently.
In our current unit of Amplify Science, students will be able to identify forces by experimenting with pushing and pulling different objects. Students are taking on the roll of an engineer and have Chapter questions that they must solve in order to answer the overarching unit question. We are currently working on Chapter 1 Question: How do we make a pinball start to move? Students are working on making a class pinball machine and working with different materials and work on visualizing how objects move. Ultimately, students will learn that objects begin to move when forces happen between objects.
Students will be able to understand the traditions and symbols of the United States to develop a shared culture and identity, as well as celebrate the differences and similarities between people and cultures by discussing focus questions, reading and analyzing a rich collection of diverse primary and secondary sources, examining artifacts, and interpreting images, such as paintings, photographs and maps.