Packing boxes arrived in Room 16 today. I can’t even begin to fathom packing up my classroom! However, I am so excited for our move in to the new building in June!
This week in Reading Workshop we have been continuing to study the genre of fantasy. As we read The Lightning Thief students have been writing responses in their reading journal. This week we talked about different ways that we can keep track of all that is going on in a complex novel. We have used a problem solution chart for the main characters, some of us have created maps, charts or other graphic organizers. Students also had an opportunity to share their best response from the week with their reading partner. Students also learned that their responses are great for creating discussion points with their partner or group.
In Writing Workshop students are continuing to work on their informational books in Book Creator. This we students learned about problem/solution, cause and effect and narrative text structure. As with all of our text structure lessons students were encouraged to try it out if it fit one of their chapters. Students also had the opportunity to add in text features to help maye their writing more interesting.
This week in Math we took our Unit test for Unit 4. These tests went home yesterday if your child took the final test. We have also started a short unit on measurement. We began with metric measurements for length, mass and liquid volume. Students also practiced making metric conversions from one unit to another. Today we worked with time and making line plots that involve time data.
In Social Studies we learned about the Civil Rights movement in the U.S. and watched a movie about Ruby Bridges. Students also began working on their culminating project for this unit. Each student is making a paper “quilt square” for our Black History Month Quilt. These will be displayed in the hallway.
Friday, February 5 – 1/2 Day
Monday, and Tuesday, February 8-9 – No school. Winter Break
Thursday and Friday, March 2 and 4 – Half Days