- We had our first full week of school in over a month!
- The Winter Concert led by Mr. O'Neil was amazing! Students sounded phenomenal. What talent and hard work!
- The launch of our next informational writing phase was exciting. Students began researching in teams on a new topic related to Colonial America. They thoroughly enjoyed the new format --watching movies!
- Students continued to be reflective, insightful thinkers as we read a variety of memoirs and analyzed their qualities. Students were especially moved by "Betty Doll" by Patricia Polacco.
- We wrapped up unit 7 in math which included a wide variety of topics, from exponents to negative numbers.
- We began our focused study of "mindset" by watching a short video designed to promote a passion for learning. This is a school-wide movement to change the way we view success and failure. Growth = success!
Here is the general plan for this week:
PARCC Practice: This week we will practice taking the new standardized test that replaced the MCAS.
- We continue our unit on reading Memoirs. Students will examine why authors write memoirs, what feelings, insights, or experiences are they expressing, and how authors' unique perspectives influence the telling of the memoir.
- We hope to start guided reading book groups on Memoir by the end of the week.
Writing and Social Studies:
- This week we continue with Phase 2 of our informational writing unit, which focuses on historical research writing. We will study how to make our informational writing compelling. We will learn how to examine primary sources for a research topic in small groups. We will also learn to guide our research through questioning. Lastly, we will study ways to structure our draft.
- We begin a fun unit on multiplying and dividing fractions this week called, "Parks and Playgrounds." This unit presents real life situations to students and encourages them to try a variety of strategies to solve complex problems. Students work on multiplying fractions by whole numbers, breaking fractions into friendlier parts, understanding the relationship between multiplication and division, investigating ratios, and using models and drawings to show thinking clearly.
- We finish our exploration of weather, the water cycle, and energy transfer by analyzing ice dams and snow melt.
Thanks for reading! As always, please contact me with any questions, comments, or feedback.