We are excited about Raz-Kids!

Today I introduced the students to Raz-Kids. This is an engaging online levelled reading program that students can use both at school and at home. There is a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books available at every reading level and fun incentives that eager readers can earn. I like that I am able to monitor student progress and parents can also register to keep track of their child’s reading. Students can access the book on a computer through the Raz-Kids website or on a tablet by downloading the app. Students who remember how to login can start exploring tonight. Otherwise watch for an information sheet with more details coming in your child’s agenda tomorrow.

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Learning Goals: Reading, Writing and Math

I have updated the Learning Goals page with the information that you will find in this post. The reading and writing goals will take us through October. The math goal will be changing shortly after we practice some problem solving connected to patterns. I have also added the letter that went home Friday about the For the Love of Reading program to the page listed under Homework. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Reading

We are learning to extend our understanding of what we read by making connections.

We can use our prior knowledge (schema) to make meaningful connections.
We can identify the author’s message or the big idea in the text.
We can give supporting details to prove the author’s message.
We can tell why the author’s message or big idea is important to learn.

Writing

We are learning to write a personal narrative. This means we are writing about an experience we have had.

We can think of a seed idea.
We can include who, what, where and when.
We can use connnecting words to organize our beginning, middle and end (gr. 2: first, then, next, etc. gr. 3: a few minutes later, meanwhile, afterward, etc.).
We can write details that paint pictures for the reader.
We can conclude with a personal reaction (why the experience is important/how you felt).

Math

We are learning to create, talk about and extend growing and shrinking patterns.

We can identify what comes next in a pattern using the pattern rule.
We can create a number pattern if we are given the rule or see the pattern on a number line or hundreds chart.
We can use given parts (terms) of a pattern to determine parts (terms) that are missing.
We can talk about patterns using math words (add, subtract, growing, shrinking, rule).
We can solve problems using what we know about patterning.