What are we learning about???

What we are learning by grade level:

First Grade:
 We are learning our short vowel sounds and are learning how to read and spell cvc words.  We are learning how to read and understand books using various reading strategies such as looking at the first and last letters in a word and thinking about what makes sense when we come to a tricky word.  We are also working hard to memorize our sight words.

Second Grade:
We are learning long vowel spelling patterns (vowel pairs/teams).  We are reading longer texts and learning how to read with fluency.  We are responding to texts in various ways through written responses and drawings.  

Third Grade:
We are learning about simple suffixes such as -ed and -ing and studying various spelling rules like the -tch and -dge spelling patterns.  We are reading short chapter books and discussing and responding to texts through both oral and written responses.

Fourth Grade:
We are learning about prefixes and suffixes and studying various spelling rules such as the drop e rule, the doubling rule and the y rule.  We are developing our writing skills through written responses to texts and reading chapter books and non-fiction texts.  We will be moving from paragraph responses to essay writing. 

Fifth Grade:
We are working on written responses to literature and other sources, writing to various types of prompts, and reviewing various spelling patterns
.  We will be learning how to write an effective essay with a strong thesis statement.  We also spend time practicing our fluency during our weekly Library Story hours.