Mr. Christopher Tobin » November Family Focus

November Family Focus

November is a quick month though the children are very busy and continue to be engaged in many exciting learning activities in the classroom. Students will learn about Veterans Day and the history behind this holiday being celebrated to honor those who have served our country. We will have time off to gather with our families and reflect on all that we are thankful for. Parents, guardians, and caregivers will have the opportunity to meet virtually with me to discuss their child's learning progress.
Reader's Workshop begins an exciting new unit on nonfiction text. The class will be learning how to read nonfiction texts. We will be learning to identify the various text features in nonfiction text (caption, glossary, bold print, etc.) and their purpose to support reading. These young readers will also practice how to "mark up" text with our post-it notes to support nonfiction retelling (summarizing) by finding the main idea and supporting details.
Writer's Workshop also begins a new unit aligned with our reading study that focuses students on writing nonfiction and incorporating the text features we are exploring. Part of this unit of study will integrate a special project where our authors will apply information learned in our social studies unit using technology.
Our Math unit will support students in using basic facts to help solve extended facts (8+9 = 17 so 80+90 = 170). The children will also use number stories, arrays, and other strategies to help conceptualize and solve multiplication and division problems.
Social Studies will be exploring how to find places in the United States using our map skills to navigate the fifty states and locate important American landmarks throughout our country such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, The Grand Canyon, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held at the end of this month.