Readers Read Fluently

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Our focus for Reading Workshop this week and last week has been on reading fluency. We’ve discussed how good readers:

  • Use a smooth voice that sounds like a talking voice

  • Use punctuation as a clue to how a text sounds

  • Use clues in the text to help us read with expression

  • Chunk or put together phrases to make it sound smooth

Motion On The Playground

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We began studying our first science unit on force and motion: “Way To Go.” We made observations in our Science Notebooks of where we saw motion on the playground. Some of the observations that we recorded were the swings swinging, birds flying, people walking, clouds moving and many more. This helped us to start thinking about the following essential questions:

  • How do objects move?

  • What is force?

  • How does force make objects move?

View Our Google Map of Essex Junction!

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Do you remember when we went on our walk of Essex Junction? We each chose a building or place in Essex Junction and learned why it is important to our Essex Junction Community. Now we want to share it with you!

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This map was important for us to do because we wanted to have something to share with the community about Essex Junction. You can also find this map on our school’s website under “Local Information.” This project helped us to answer the essential questions:

  • How can we investigate the characteristics of our community?

  • How can we share what we learn?

Gummy Worm Stretch

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Today we put our measuring skills to practice. We each had a gummy worm. First, we had to measure it in inches and centimeters. Then we had to S-T-R-E-T-C-H our worm out as far as we could without breaking it. We measured it again. The final step was to figure out the difference between our unstretched worm and S-T-R-E-T-C-H-E-D worm.

Tools to Tackle Tricky Words

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All readers come to tricky words that they do not know. It is important to know what do when you come to these words and have strategies for figuring them out. We have learned that good readers:

  • Read through the whole word and find chunks that they know.

  • Reread to make sure words sound right and make sense.

  • “Blank” words, read on, and go back.

  • Ask themselves questions as they read to fix mistakes (self-correct).

  • Are persistent and don’t give up!

Help your child to use these strategies when they come to tricky words!

Compasses, Measuring and Cooperation All-In-One!

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Today we combined social studies and math together! The students worked in small groups to participate in a scavenger hunt. It was hard work! The students had to use compasses to figure out which direction they had to head in order to find the next clue. However, they were given the number of feet they had to travel in order to make it there. To measure, they had measuring tapes and yarn. The yarn was either 100 feet, 50 feet or 10 feet. The students had to add different pieces of yarn together in order to make it to the next destination. One group needed to move approximately 90 feet so they took the 100 foot piece of yarn and went back 10 feet by using the 10 foot piece of yarn! Wow….that was great math thinking!