Another great and BUSY week here in room 504! One of the most important things we focused on this week was getting back to our classroom community and our belief system about how we treat each other in the classroom. We had some great reflection on things we can improve upon, and how we can all be checking in on ourselves, and others, to be sure that everyone in our classroom is being treated kindly and respectfully. We used a lot of examples from the book Wonder, specifically the the follow up book to Wonder, The Julian Chapter. This chapter tells the story from the perspective of the bully, Julian. It really is amazing to read and hear this perspective, and generates a lot of thinking about what each of us can be looking out for in ourselves , in our treatment of others, and how we can make sure we have one another's back. If you loved the book or movie Wonder, you should definitely check out the follow up book, Auggie and Me. The first chapter of this book is "Julian's Chapter". It is excellent.
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Here is a peek at the week...
Reading: In reading, we continue working on tips for taking a test, looking at more strategies for tackling multiple choice questions, and strategies for answering short answer questions. We also had the awesome opportunity to email award winning author, Ken Mochizuki, author of Baseball Saved Us, and Passage To Freedom, two of our very favorite read aloud books from our historical fiction unit. Mr. Wiles, Ben's Dad, was kind enough to help us get in touch with him. We emailed him some questions this week. We composed our questions in a video format. The kids came up with the questions all by themselves. If you would like to see our video, click below!
Writing: In writing we wrapped up our compare contrast on the Feejee Mermaid and Giant Squid, and began writing our own. We read two articles, one on country music star, Taylor Swift, and another on grammy award winning singer, Stevie Wonder. Next week, students will be asked to compose a well constructed essay comparing and contrasting the two music superstars. This was especially fun because we got to listen to some Stevie Wonder music during classroom cleanup. :-)
Math: In math, we continued our discussion on multiplying fractions and mixed numbers. We examined what happens to the product when we multiply mixed numbers by mixed numbers, or mixed numbers by a fraction. We also looked at using an area model to find the area of a space with dimensions that contain fractional parts. I hope to finish up chapter 7 and review this week so that we can take the test on Friday.
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