Essential Question: How do living things get what they need to survive?
In this unit students read fiction and nonfiction texts and poetry. We continued annotating nonfiction passages for main idea and details. We looked at at text features such as photographs and the information which can be gleaned from these. In the fictional passages we determined the key events which were most important, analyzed story structure noting the parts and what is typically found in each part.
For phonics instruction we looked at different long u vowel teams and r-controlled vowels. We continued practicing adding endings to words, which have spelling rules, and change the meanings. We also practiced looking for adjectives and added adverbs.
To continue with the narrative study, students were taught the proper structure of a friendly letter. They read a fictional passage with an animal character writing postcards. The students then were assigned a writing activity pretending to be that character writing another postcard. After reading a nonfiction passage about penguins, the students were assigned another letter writing task. In this one the students need to pretend to be an emperor penguin writing to a little blue penguin about daily life. They also have to pretend to be the little blue penguin writing back about its daily life.