TGIF 5V Families!
Another awesome week in room 504. Some important dates to remember:
Here's a look at what we did this week.....
Reading: In reading, we continued with our discussion in guided books groups. We will be wrapping those books up next week. This will conclude our Historical Fiction unit. Next, we will be moving into no another nonfiction unit. Our next writing unit is research based argument writing. During reader's workshop, we will be looking at shorter text and articles, examining things like bias, and thinking critically about the author's credentials and information they are presenting in their writing. We will be reading about several different topics: Should students have homework? Should animals be kept in captivity? Should schools require uniforms? Should the school day be shorter? This is a great unit because we really get to dive into topics that interest us, and we begin form opinions about things that matter to each of the students based on research we have collected.
Writing: In writing, we finished up our publication of our informational unit. Next week, students will complete an on demand assessment where they will be asked to write an informational text about a topic that interests them. Our hope is that they will apply some of the new writing principles that they learned when writing about the westward expansion, into this new piece. Once their informational texts (the pre assessment, done before they received any instruction, the guided writing piece that they did in class on the westward expansion, and their post writing piece, that they will complete independently next week) are all published on their websites, I will have students log into their accounts at home to show you these beautiful writing pieces.
Math: In Math, we complete the mid chapter check. I went over the results with students, and pulled a couple of small group or individual students to go over any concepts that needed more practice. In most cases, students need to be sure to read the directions carefully. Many students lost points because they needed to find the estimated answer, but found the actual answer. Overall, I think students are starting to get a really good handle on adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers. We will continue this work next week as we wrap up this adding and subtracting fractions unit.
Science: In Science, we continued to label our Mr. Bones skeleton and talk about the different bones and their jobs.
S.S. We moved on to our World Wars section, and began discussing the causes and events leading up to both WWI and WWII. We also read a really moving story, Jars of Hope by Jennifer Roy about a real woman named Irene Sendler, a Polish social worker, who saved over 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. Roy is a local author who currently lives in Saratoga, NY. If you haven't heard this story, check it out! It is inspirational and moving. I got chills while reading it! Even though it is written about a terrible time in the world, it reminds me of the good in the world, and how strong and brave people can be!
Have a great weekend!
In some ways, January has felt VERY long.....but in "school time", it feels like it flew by! Your children are learning so much, and are becoming such active participants in their own learning. There are so many wonderful things happening in the classroom, this blog could never do all of that work justice. Nevertheless, here are some important things to keep in mind in the coming weeks, as well as a look at some of the things we are working on in the classroom.....
Use this page to keep up to date on what we are doing in the classroom. Also, don't forget to check out See Saw for student posts and stories. (We will set this up in September)