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Week 12- Pigs

November 2, 2019 by Timbra Vaughn

This week we will be learning about pigs from a nonfiction text. We will use facts from this text to write a piece of informational writing. There are countless skills that go in to be a strong reader- one that can be difficult is “using text evidence”. We want readers to make connections and inferences based off of their own experiences, but we also need them to be able to refer to knowledge gained through others.

We will also be reading an adaptation of the Three Little Pigs by Mark Teague. In this version, the problem and solution of the story are delightfully different than the traditional tale.

This week’s featured Secret Story will be: Mama e. This is when Mama e hangs out at the end of a word and encourages a vowel to proudly speak up with their name, such as in words like “game”, “home”, and “fine”.

We will be starting our shape unit in math this week. Our unit will begin with an exploration of 2D, flat shapes. We will discuss their characteristics as well as where we see them in real life.

The students will have a STEM challenge on Thursday to build a sturdy house that can withstand the huffing and puffing of the wolf.

Conferences are approaching. A SignUp Genius has been sent out to parent emails through Infinite Campus. Please sign up at your earliest convenience. To prepare for this important, but fast paced meeting, please begin to make a list of any questions, concerns, or even just things you want to comment on. We have so little time to talk about your child specifically I really want us to be able to maximize our time together.



10 minutes each night. 

Reading should include a variety of the following activities

– reading stories (your child should at times be the reader and at other times be the listener)

– reading the poems in the binder

– working on alphabet sounds and letter names (students have mastered sounds and names should be shifting this practice time to noticing these within their own reading and writing)

– sight word games/practice.


10 minutes each night.

To align with the lessons in class, this is the progression of IXL objectives that I suggest. However, please feel free to follow your child’s ability and interest.

Section V. Two-dimensional Shapes

Objectives 8, 9, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 6, 7

The new “compose two-dimensional shapes” objective looks really fun and valuable too!

Once your child seems to be pretty fluent with those skills- they can explore any other objectives they are interested in for this section. Reviewing and increasing fluency in Section C skills is also a good use of their time. Remember, real world practice of these skills is also great for building up their foundational skills.

Shape names can be a little bit of a sticky skill for some students (especially when we get into 3D/solid shapes) so noticing and discussing shapes in the world around us is very helpful for firming this up.