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Reading Workshop


  The unit we are presently doing is   Word Detectives Use All They Know to Solve Words    . This unit is designed to support the children's word-solving skills.  First, we will revisit the strategy work they learned last year to be the best word detectives they can be.  This will help the children to tackle any "bumps in the road" they come across when reading.  Then the children will build on their word solving skills by learning more efficient strategies that will help them read more challenging books. They will learn to use multiple strategies for problem solving words using their knowledge of word parts and known words, such as SNAP words.  Last, as reading detectives they will search for punctuation clues to help make their reading voices smooth like talking.  The importance of going back to reread parts or pages to smooth out lines once they've figured out the words will be stressed.  The goal of this unit is to make sure the children are active problem-solvers/word detectives who try several strategies whenever they come across mysterious or unknown words in their reading lives.


Writing Workshop

Our current writing unit is Informational Writing.  In this unit, the students will make a list of things that they are an expert on.  In order to be an expert, they need to know so much about the topic that they can teach it to others without doing research.  From their expert list, they will choose an idea and create an "All About" book.  In their books they will include different chapters like a "different kinds of..." page, a diagram page, a how to page, an information page and even a glossary!  This is such a fun and exciting writing unit for the students and it's amazing how much the children know about one specific topic/thing.  Make sure to ask your child periodically what topic they are writing about! We will celebrate the end of this unit by sharing our "All About" nonfiction books with the Kindergarten classes at our school.




In Unit 5, children begin to use larger numbers and explore place value.  They will learn that the digits in a 2-digit number represent the number of tens and ones.The children will use base-10 blocks to represent numbers and to demonstratetheir understanding of place value by exchanging 10 ones for 1 ten, and vice versa. The children will compare numbers using the symbols:  <, >,  and = .  They will go from comparing numbers  to modeling comparison number stories.  In comparison stories, they will decide which two quantities is larger and then find the difference.  The children will also spend more time on measurement. They will measure different sections of a crooked path and add the length to find the total length of the path.

Please read the Unit 5 Family Letter that was sent home for more information and ways to help your child at home.



Words Their Way
        Our word study and spelling program,   Words Their Way,   is in progress.  Each child will be assessed and put into a group based on their skill level.  Each week your child will go through a rotation of activities to help them study the features of their sort.  Such activities include, sorting words/pictures according to their feature: closed sort, no peeking sort,  partner sort, memory,  word hunt, and games.


     Our next Science unit is Waves: Light and Sound.  Through inquiry, prediction, observation, discussion and recording students will develop their science skills.   This unit focuses on students collaboratively problem solving, discovering and investigating to find answers and solutions.  Students will learn that sound can make matter vibrate, and vibrating matter can make sound.   In addition, students will learn that objects can only be seen when
illuminated and that very hot objects give off light.


Social Studies


J anuary's  Word of the Month is "Determination".  This is a  great word to think about as we ring in the New Year.  We will discuss making New Year's Resolutions and how when people make these goals or resolutions, they needto remain committed and self-disciplined in order to achieve them.  We will also learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. as an important hero in  history who is celebrated this month.


“The Ho-Ho-Kus Public School is committed to a high standard of academic excellence in compliance with the
core curriculum content standards in a safe and nurturing environment that will allow students to maximize their
potential and prepare them to be responsible, contributing members of a diverse society.”

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