Highlights from Last Week:
- We finally finished The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo. Students had impressively deep thoughts about the many symbols in the book and were riveted by the powerful climax.
- In Science, we began learning about the weather. A mysterious weather business owner named Michael McGee sent us a letter asking our class to help solve the mystery of whole stole his weather data. Our suspects so far are Bob Blizzard and Juan Sum Light. We then conducted an exciting experiment to see which substance heats up and cools down fastest --sand, soil, or water. We will analyze our data this week!
Here is the general plan for this week:
- Analyze the ending and meaning of The Tiger Rising.
- Engage in some nonfiction reading and vocabulary development.
- I will be conducting the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Reading Assessments on students.
Writing and Social Studies:
- We're working on our research papers about Colonial America. Students will learn how to add details related to geography and chronology. They will also learn to question their own writing.
- Adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.
- Represent fraction addition and subtraction with drawings and manipulatives.
- Write a Science Report on our "Heat 'Em Up" experiment and analyze our experiment data. How does the temperature of the Earth's surface affect the weather?
- Conduct experiments on Moving Air and learn how hot and cold air affects the weather.