Happy Friday 5V Families!
Upcoming dates to keep in mind:
Here is a look at what we did this week:
Reading: In reader's workshop, we began writing book talks. We will be using these book talks to recommend books to our classmates. We also began guided reading groups. Next week, students will be giving their book talks to their classmates. We also started reading our spooky story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. We talked about on of the first ever American writers, Washington Irving, and looked at how he developed his character, Ichabod Crane. We are reading a children's version of the story. On Halloween, we will be watching the old animated Disney movie version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which I think they will love!
Writing: In writing, we worked on going back into parts of our story and elaborating. We used what we know about the story arc, and plot, to slow down and elaborate parts of our story to bring our reader into it. Students are doing an excellent job adding and re working their writing pieces. Check them out on your child's drive! ALl the different colors on the document represent all the different strategies they tried in their writing.
Math: In Math, we continued our discussion of division. We covered two very tricky topics: drawing out division with two digit divisors, and using partial quotients to solve a division problem. Next week, we will dive into the long division approach we are all familiar with. The students did a great job looking at various strategies and being open to trying new ways to break apart numbers.
Social Studies: In S.S. we began our US History project. Students were given the objective of the project and were shown student samples from previous years. We used the few lessons to go through the time periods we will be covering, and what the expectations of this project are. This is a mostly in school assignment. The only time students might have to take it home is to finish up illustrations. Students will have at least one week to finish each section of their book. Again, if they are using time wisely in class, they will have ample time to get it done in school. This is one of my favorite project as we take some time to look at some historical events, such as The American Revolution, Westward Expansion, Immigration, The Civil War, Immigration, The World Wars, and Civil Rights. Students will also have a chance to examine another time period or historical figure of their choice. This week we also worked on designing the cover of our book.
Science: In Science, we worked on making catapults with our C-cubed teacher, Mr. Rudolph. The students worked in groups to collaborate, communicate, and create catapults to shoot a marshmallow at a target. They examined how fulcrums and the placement of a fulcrum worked on a catapult. We have some awesome engineers in 5V!
Word Study: This week's word study principle was around making nouns plural by adding -s or -es.
Here are a few pictures from today's field trip. I will update more next week!
Here are some upcoming dates to keep in mind:
Here's a look at what we did this week!
Reading: In reading, we talked about using stop and jots to keep track of our thinking about our reading. We looked at how to write stop and jots using examples from the text to support our thinking. We practiced writing several stop and jots together, using our read aloud book, Wonder. We also discussed how we will use these Stop and Jots to help us when writing our books letters this year. Next week, we will being working in our guided reading groups!
Writing: In writing, we chose one of our writing "seeds" to begin working on as a published piece. We looked at different ways to write a strong lead. We applied the new strategies we talked about to our own writing. We also began to examine how writers use dialogue to make their writing interesting and detailed. We will continue this next week, and will begin applying it to our own writing.
Math: In math, we wrapped up chapter 1 with order of operations and expressions. We took the chapter 1 test on Friday. Those will be coming home next week. We will begin chapter 2 next week. Chapter 2 talks about dividing whole numbers.
Social Studies: In Social Studies, we continued our study of map skills by using latitude and longitude coordinates to locate places on a map. We talked about how and when people use latitude and longitude in real life.
Science: In Science, we continued our discussion of the skeletal and muscular system by examining the parts of a bone. We also began reading Why Do I Get Sunburn? as a class to look at how our skin works and the different purposes it serves to our body and it's systems.
Word Study: Our word study principle this week talked about the different way that words make the long /a/ sound.
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)