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


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