Happy Friday 5V Families!
A few dates to keep in mind during the upcoming weeks:
Here is a look at what we covered this week:
Reading: In reading, we have started writing our own poetry after examining several elements of poetry (figurative language, personification, rhyming, rhythm, etc.) We began by writing Haiku poems, and List Poems. Students will be getting a document with all of their classmates poems, and will add that to their Poetry Anthologies. We also examined the life and works of two well known children's poets, Douglas Florian and Bryan P. Cleary.
Writing: In Writing, we continued our examination of chocolate milk, researching to make a decision about if we think chocolate milk should be served in schools or not. We are using what we learned about researching and evaluating sources for credibility. We talked about bias, and how bias can impact how a writer reports information on their topic. We also talked about knowing when certain information is being somewhat "twisted", and exaggerated, and when to use our judgement on if that is information we want to include in our argument or not. This project is NOT to leave students feeling that milk is bad for you. We know that there are some really good things about milk, and some things that might not be ideal for milk drinkers, but I have been clear that we need not go home and dump out the milk cartons in our refrigerator, or worry if we are big milk drinkers, that we are going to get sick. I have reminded the class I still serve milk to both of my own children throughout the day! There is no right or wrong answer to this question. What makes it "right" or "wrong" is if you can back it up with substantial and relevant information and clearly explain your argument. It's great to hear the student debate on this topic, and how the defend their position. We might have some future lawyers in this group!
Math: In math, we are covering two chapters at the same time. We began our Geometry unit, which requires us to classify polygons, triangles, quadrilateral and polyhedrons. Students are doing a great job getting used to this vocabulary, and what it all means. We also began talking about measurement by learning how to convert standard units of length and capacity. We will continue to practice this next week, as it is a tricky subject!
Science: In Science, we began talking about the Nervous System and the parts of the nervous system, specifically the brain, brainstem, spinal cord, and nerves. We watched a few videos on the brain, and learned how nerves send messages throughout our body. We will begin reading and researching the parts of the brain next week to think about what we want to do for our in class project on The Brain.
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)