Here is an update on many of the things that have been happening in the classroom lately:
The students have been immersed in reading biographies, choosing from a wide variety of important people who made great contributions to the world. We have been following the format of the "Somebody...Wanted...But...So...Then..."which helps the students identify what our subject wanted but what were the big struggles that were getting in the way. Also what they did to overcome those struggles and then what they did to further their dreams. Soon your child will pick one biography to focus on and "become" for our wax museum (more info soon)
We have started our Opinion Writing Unit. The students chose to create their first task by writing an opinion piece to persuade me to get a class pet! So after reviewing their compelling reasons on how it would better our classroom environment and create more responsibility I have agreed. Picture of said fish will be coming soon! Now, we have moved on to writing more opinion speeches to share our ideas (thesis) about problems and thinking of ways to find solutions. We will also write pieces that focus on our feelings about a special person, place or thing that might be noteworthy and that we want to share with the rest of the audience.
The Solar System will be our science focus for the next few weeks. So far we have been learning about the planets and their order. Soon we will learn about the phases of the moon!
We have wrapped up our country learning. It was great to have the students learn about so many different cultures around the world. We were able to have some parents in that volunteered to speak about either their native country or a country they have lived in. The students loved this! It's not too late for anyone else that would like to come in and share! Please email me if you are interested:)
Our jobs as mathematicians continue and we have been strengthening our multiplication and division skills. We have been using the order of operations to help guide us in solving number stories too. Right now we are working on measurement, specifically liquid volume.
Reading Across America Day & Dr. Seuss:
We have had a lot of fun celebrating this past Friday. In our Community Meeting we gathered to read together and show our Red, White and Black!
In the next few weeks we will begin our MEA testing. The testing will be administered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday for the weeks of March 19th and 26th. Prior to the testing we will have opportunities to practice sample questions on the iPads, as well as build in other test taking strategies.
March 16th: Wear GREEN to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and hopefully the coming of Spring soon:)
March 16th: Yarmouth's Got Talent! Always an exciting show!