February 23

Wow! It is hard to believe that March is right around the corner! I think some of the students may have a little touch of Spring Fever!

This week in Reading Workshop students have continued to research the American Revolution. Students chose a second focus topic (famous person or battle) and then continued their research. We discussed what readers do when the text gets hard. First, read an easier text on the topic, next re-read the hard text and chunk and paraphrase the text bit by bit, using the text features to help you figure out the difficult parts.

In Writing Workshop we continued to work on the sections for our All About the American Revolution book. We are wrapping up the drafting of the sections and will be working on writing an introduction and a conclusion for our books next week. We will then begin the process of writing final copy, creating text features and putting our books together.

This week in Math we wrapped up our unit on adding mixed numbers. I will be sharing tests with you at conferences. Everyone did very well! Our next topic will be multiplying fractions.

In Social Studies we have begun our unit on Government. We started the unit by learning about the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Students learned what the words in the preamble mean and created a project to show their understanding. Next, we will be learning about the Bill of Rights.

Important Dates

Wednesday and Thursday, February 28 – March 1 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2 – 1/2 days

Friday – Sunday, March 30 – April 8 – Spring Break



February 16

Today, the 2nd Continental Congress met in Room A205 of Independence Hall (also known as Holmes Elementary). John Hancock presided over the Loyalists and Patriots as they were debating the fate of the colonies!  The debate was well argued and rebutted, and the colonists adjourned to take time to determine the next course of action.  We had a great time with this reenactment of the Second Continental Congress, as it was a culmination of all of our historical reading and researching up to this point. Great job, delegates! Check out our class Facebook page for video and pictures!

Class Facebook page

In Reading Workshop this week we spent much of our time preparing for our debate! The students surpassed my expectations and surprised me with their debating skills! Students had to state their position, support it wit a reason and give evidence that supported the reason. Students also had to prepare rebuttal arguments.

In Writing Workshop we continued to work on our All About the American Revolution books. Students worked on writing a 1sst person account (historical fiction) of their focus topic.

This week in Math we have worked on adding and subtracting fractions, adding and subtracting mixed numbers, converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa, as well as simplifying or reducing fractions. Whew!

In Social Studies we are wrapping up our Black History month studies on slavery and civil rights by creating a class quilt. I will post pictures when we complete the display. It will be in the hallway during conferences for you to see.

Important Dates


Wednesday and Thursday, February 28 – March 1 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2 – 1/2 days

Friday – Sunday, March 30 – April 8 – Spring Break

Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day! Today we had a chance to watch Punxsutawney Phil look for his shadow! We heard that he predicted another six weeks of winter!

This week in Reading Workshop we have continued to research our selected focus topics within the scope of the American Revolution. Students have learned that in reading history the details and the drama are what makes it interesting and memorable. Students also learned about primary sources, and how to evaluate these sources. We spoke a lot about differing points of view and the authors purpose for writing it.

We have been taking our research from Reading Workshop time and using our notes to help us write our All About the American Revolution books. Students began by flash drafting a section that is an overview of the revolution. They used their notes and a class timeline to briefly write about significant events throughout the course of the revolution. Next, students drafted a section about their focus topic. Students chose to focus on the Intolerable Acts, the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the Boston Tea Party or the Boston Massacre. Students learned that they need to add  interesting details into their writing to make history come alive.

In Social Studies this week we have been learning about the Civil Rights movement. We focused on the brave actions of Rosa Parks, Ruby Bridges and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Next week we will be watching the Disney movie about Ruby Bridges. Students will then be creating a quilt square (paper) for our Black History Month Quilt. (This is a paper quilt that we construct).

In Math this week we are continuing to work with fractions. Students learned how to add fractions with like denominators, how to decompse (take a part) fractions and we learned about mixed numbers; how to turn them in to improper fractions and what a mixed number represents.

Important Dates

Monday and Tuesday, February 5 and 6 – Winter Break – No School

Friday, February 9 – Chaperone lottery results sent home and chocolate sales wrap up

Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2 – Half Days – Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, March 30 – Friday, April 6 – Spring Break – School resumes Monday, April 9

Tuesday, April 10 – No School – S.A.T. testing 11th, Professional Development