I hope everyone had a pleasant mid-winter break. I’m looking forward to getting back and diving into teaching and learning.
Before the break...
- We started informational writing. Students learned how to pick a topic and narrow down the focus of their informational writing to a big idea or deep question that will guide their work.
- Students explored atlases of early America and taught one another how to analyze the information presented in a map.
- Fractions seem to pose little challenge for students. They were able to subtract mixed numbers by borrowing from the whole when they needed a larger fraction to subtract from.
What We Didn't Get To:
- We didn't get to note-taking in writing.
This Week's Plan
Upcoming Special Events:
- Talent Show Auditions --Thursday, March 2 and Tuesday, March 7
- Global Citizenship --Students will learn about ways to be an active global citizen. We'll discuss choosing a cause to support in preparation for our year-end project.
Fraction Addition and Subtraction Review.
- Review fraction basics, addition, and subtraction.
- Fraction word problems
- Study for assessment. See Study Guide.
- Take assessment.
Book Groups. Close reading & quoting evidence.
- Continue discussions and literary analysis in book groups.
- Practice close reading and finding/quoting evidence to support answers to comprehension questions.
- Organizing notes.
- Using reputable, kid-friendly resources to become an expert in your subject.
- Outlining with a table of contents.
- What is colonization and why do people colonize?
- What were the first colonies of America like?
- Practice point of view: Describe an event from two different points of view, a colonist's and a Native American's.
We switch to Social Studies.
Please check the Homework page for more details.
- There is no new Homework Project or Blog this week.
- Students will have some short reading and research assignments related to their year-end Global Citizenship project.
- Read 25 minutes at home per day and log the title, author, and time in the planner.
- There will be a math page for homework each night.
Thanks for Reading!
That's the plan for the week. Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or feedback.