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What are we Learning??? English Language Arts

What are we Learning??? English Language Arts
Marking Period #2
We are working in the Making Meaning® program. In this program, the students listen to and discuss authentic text. The students focus on asking questions and making inferences about the text to help them gain a better understanding of what was read. Asking questions helps readers understand what they read by actively engaging with text and thinking about what the authors of those pieces are trying to say. Asking questions also helps readers remember what they read. The goal is to encourage the students to use questioning regularly to make sense of their independent reading. 
You can support what your child is learning by reading with your child at home. Stop every so often while reading a story aloud to write down any questions you and your child have about the story. Then use those questions to discuss the story after you finish reading aloud.
Questions that may help your child focus on story characters include:
• What conflicts or problems occur in the story? How do the characters respond to those problems?
• Who changes in the story? Why do you think that character or those characters change?
Encourage your child to ask him- or herself questions while reading independently. Some questions independent readers can ask themselves are:
• What is happening in the story right now?
• Does what I am reading make sense?
• What am I puzzled about?
• If I don’t understand what is happening, would it help to go back and reread a section? Start over at the beginning? Find another book?
Understanding stories is essential to the purpose and enjoyment of reading. I hope that you and your child are enjoying reading together. Below are the skills that we will be working on for the second marking period...
  • Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message/theme, lesson, or moral and explain how it is revealed through key details in the text.
  • Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
  • Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
  • Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
We are working in the Being a Writer™ program.  We are enjoying examples of writing from all genres. We are exploring the elements of well-written pieces, including sensory details, consistent verb tense, author's purpose, engaging openings, and effective endings. Throughout the year, we will each select our own drafts to take through the steps in the publishing process. We will learn to support our claims and to take pride in our work. Below are the skills that we will be working on for the second marking period...
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. Introduce a topic and group related information together; include text features (e.g. illustrations. diagrams. captions) when useful to support comprehension.
  • Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details
  • Use linking words and phrases to connect ideas within categories of information.
  • Provide a conclusion
Please utilize Achieve 3000 and Study Island at home to help practice your reading skills.
You should be reading 20 minutes each night before you go to sleep!!!
The third grade lexile level according to Achieve 3000 is 520L-820
Below are links to our Google Classroom pages...
Below are links to District Common Assessment Study Guides.