R-Controlled Vowels: IR, ER, and UR

R-Controlled Vowels: IR, ER, and UR

Write words containing IR, ER, and UR on index cards. Ask children to sort them by vowel pattern. What do they notice? What sound do these words have in common? How are they different?
Write words containing IR, ER, and UR on index cards. Ask students to sort them by vowel pattern. What do they notice? What sound do these words have in common? How are they different?

Place Value: Tens and Ones

Place Value: Tens and Ones

Studying place value is easier and more fun with physical objects. Play with blocks or counting cubes that represent ones and tens.
When teaching place value, give students ample time to build numbers with tens and ones rods or with linker cubes.

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension

When reading fiction series, invite your child to reflect on the main character. Who are they? What do they look like? Where do they live? How do they spend their time? What are their interests and passions?
When reading fiction series, invite students to reflect on the main character. Who are they? What do they look like? Where do they live? How do they spend their time? What are their interests and passions?

Writing About Characters

Developing Characters and Realistic Fiction

Have your child consider a character's backstory before writing. Who are they and how do they spend their time?
Promote meaningful character development by encouraging students to spend time imagining their character. Offer a list of questions: Who are they? What do they look like? Where do they live or spend their time? What do they like to do? What are their interests and passions? Students can use a graphic organizer to answer these.
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