Reading Workshop

We are starting a new reading unit: Becoming Avid Readers.  We are learning about what it means to become an avid reader (i.e. we read all the time, we don’t get distracted because we are so engrossed in our stories.)  

We are learning about a character’s feelings in a story.  For example, instead of just saying “he is happy/sad” we are trying to think about synonyms or the best word to describe what a character is feeling “i.e. excited/surprised/worried/confused”.  

We are also talking about putting ourselves in the character’s shoes; “how would you feel if that problem/situation happened to you” etc.


We are learning how to write convincing letters. We are analyzing mentor texts and student samples to come up with a list of ways to be really convincing.  

For example:

  • Tell your opinion (I think…)
  • Tell a little story (example, something witnessed)
  • Give lots of reasons
  • Give solutions (fix-it ideas)
  • Be polite (please, thank you)

PLEASE NOTE: In lieu of a publishing party, we will be mailing home convincing letters. The students are very excited about this! Please send your child to school with a stamped envelope so that we can mail them to you. Please be sure to include your home address so we can ensure it is sent to the right address. Feel free to send in more than one stamped/addressed envelope if you think your child wants to send more than one. Thanks in advance!


In continuation of our work in addition and subtraction, students were presented with a new investigation. The story started with a grocery store that wants to sell boxes containing both green and red apples. Children were asked to figure out all of the combinations for two kinds of apples, with different totals in a box. Students then had to record all possible combinations (not patterns). For example, A box of 10 apples will have 9 different combinations of red and green apples. This unit introduced and/or reinforced the following ideas, strategies and tools:

  • Compensation and equivalence
  • Using trial and error vs. systematic production of arrangements
  • Using an arithmetic rack.

Social Studies

As we continue our work in learning about our community at large, we have been discussing the idea that communities have history and change over time. We have also been learning the difference between needs and wants.


We will be starting our Human Body unit next week and we would love it if any parents in the medical/health field (e.g. doctors/therapists/dentists) would like to come in and teach a lesson related to the human body. if you have not already reached, please do so ASAP. We will only be scheduling these visits prior to May 31st.  Thank you so much!

Announcements & Reminders:

Homework: We will pass out MAY homework this week (please check red folders).