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Audience: Kate Del Favero

The Book Fair, Food Drive and the much anticipated Westival are happening this month. 

 

 

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Posted by: Kate Del Favero
Published: 10/9/17




Audience: Kate Del Favero

 


 

January is Owl month in Room 6!  We are reading and growing our schema about owls.  Later this month, Jenny Papka from Native Bird Connections, will bring several live owls to school for an up-close learning experience.

Be sure to explore and enjoy these online resources as a family to support your child's learning and appreciation for our amazing feathered friends.
 

Night Owls: Bay Area's Nocturnal Animals

The Owl Pages

Audubon California Starr Ranch Sanctuary live web cams

Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Cams

The Hungry Owl live web cams
 

Note:  Barn Owls usually lay their eggs in the late winter or early spring in California (Late February or March), so nests might not be active for a bit.  Be sure to check often.

 

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Posted by: Kate Del Favero
Published: 1/17/17




Audience: Kate Del Favero

 

Over time comprehension had been defined as the ability to answer factual recall questions ("What color was the kitten") or to retell a story.  While both of these kinds of thinking are valuable and foundational, they do not tell the whole story of comprehension.

 

Reading comprehension is the evolution of thought that occurs as we read.  True understanding happens when readers merge their thinking with the text, ask questions, draw inferences, think about what's important, and summarize and synthesize.  This enables a student new understanding, to ask further questions, and to grasp new learning.  An active and strategic thinking process entails far more than simply retelling.

 

Reading is not just behaviors, it is thinking!  Reading is always about meaning.   It is important that reading is taught with all elements: phonics, meaning, and comprehension in order for students to become proficient readers.  We extend our reading, writing, and thinking, across our entire academic day. 

READERS AND WRITERS WORKSHOPS

We are learning all about reading and writing non-fiction books.  We began this adventure by investigating a variety of books and topics.  While reading, we notice and discuss all of the special characteristics of non-fiction texts.  Before winter break our focus in Writers Workshop was on How To Books.  As we move into the new year, we will be learning to write teaching books... All About Books!  We will use our new strategies gained from non-fiction reading to help us as writers. Our focus questions are ... What are some things good non-fiction writers do to help their readers learn and understand?  What are some ways good non-fiction writers use pictures and words to teach their readers?

 

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Posted by: Kate Del Favero
Published: 1/17/17