d Welcome back 5V Families!
I hope everyone had a wonderful break and was able to enjoy some time with their families. We had a really busy first week back. Here's a look at what we covered this week:
Reading: In reading, we began our study of Historical Fiction (one of my personal favorites!) We shared three books together, and noticed and recorded features of historical fiction. We read 2 of my absolute favorite books, Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki, and Faithful Elephants, by Yukio Tsuchiya. Both of these books are based on events from WWII. Baseball Saved Us is a book about a young Japanese-American boy in one of the Japanese internment camps, and Faithful Elephants is the true story of Tokyo's Ueno Zoo. Faithful Elephants uses a story to take us through the events that took the life of several animals at the zoo in Tokyo. We had some really deep and thoughtful discussion regarding the author's message in these stories, and why it is so important to read about history, so that we can learn from it. I am looking forward to reading and discussing more books next week! Over the next few weeks, I will also be conducting some mid-year reading assessments.
Writing: In writing, we continue to work on writing our information text on Westward Expansion. This week we worked on incorporating a more formal tone to our writing, and creating cohesion in our writing, or patterns in our writing, so that it is more organized and so that our readers can access information more easily.
Math: In Math, we took the chapter 4 test. Students brought that home with them on today (Friday). We also began our mid year assessment (iReady Diagnostic Assessment). I will send home a report on that once we are done. As we discussed during parent conferences, the iReady is a great way to monitor student progress and understanding across 4 domains: numbers and operations, algebra and algebraic thinking, geometry and measurement and data. We will finish that on Monday. We will begin chapter 5 next week. Chapter 5 is Dividing Decimals.
S.S.: In S.S., we used what we have researched for our writing papers for our US History books. This section was not assigned for homework this week. We will finish it up in class on Monday and begin the next section, The Civil War.
Science: In Science, we talked about voluntary vs. involuntary muscles, and during c-cubed (enrichment) we used color coding to navigate our new robots, the Ozobots!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Have a great weekend, and stay warm!!