Happy Friday 5V Families!
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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!