- We launched our short unit on Poetry this week. Students learned about a variety of poetic techniques, such as imagery, similes, personification, word choice, mood, and tone as we read some mentor poems as a class.
- Students finished another investigation in Science on evaporation. We tested 4 variables --heat, wind, surface area, and rocks-- to see if they impacted the evaporation of water. We also conducted a demonstration of condensation, discovering that coldness increased the amount of condensation after water evaporated.
- In Math, students learned how to model addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators. They deftly used fraction sticks and circles to show how you can combine different-sized fractional piece into one model.
What We Didn't Get To
Here is what didn't get covered:
- In Science, we didn't get to absorption and run-off.
- In Writing, we skipped Noticing and Thinking in a Fresh New Way to focus on Poetic Techniques.
Upcoming Special Events
Monday, December 11th:
- Full Grade Chorus Rehearsal, 2:00pm
- Visit with 1st Grade Buddies!
- Full Grade Chorus Rehearsal, 2:00pm
- Winter Chorus and Band Concert, Pine Hill Auditorium, 6:30pm
- School-wide Pajama Day
- Beatnik Cafe Poetry Recitation, 1:30pm
- Last day before Winter Break! Goodbye to Ms. K, until the end of March.
Please see the Pine Hill Calendar for more.
This Week's Plan
Unit: Finish Stories
- Finish There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar --finally, our class read aloud comes to a satisfying ending.
- Determine the Theme of a Story --write about the big message of a story. Focus on how a character overcame conflict and how he/she changed.
- Poetry Structure --read poems and analyze their structures.
- Meaning and Theme in Poetry --determine how various poetic techniques affect the meaning of a poem.
- Oral Expression --learn how to recite poetry with fluency, passion, and voice.
- Noticing and Thinking in a Fresh New Way --stop and perceive things from everyday life; use line breaks and words to make readers slow down and pay attention.
- Developing a Mood --using word choice and other poetic techniques.
- Structuring a Poem --using rhyme scheme, line breaks, rhythm, and stanzas.
Unit 3: Fraction Concepts; Addition and Subtraction
- Solving Fraction Number Stories --identify problem-solving strategies and solve a variety of fraction number stories.
- Fraction-Of Problems --find fractions of whole numbers; solve fraction-of problems with fractional answers to continue building readiness for multiplying fractions by whole numbers.
- Review Unit 3 Fraction Concepts for Assessment --here is the Study Guide.
- Unit 3 Math Assessment --on fraction number sense, using models to add and subtract fractions, relating fractions to division, and more.
We take a break from Social Studies to focus on Science.
Unit: Water on Earth
- Absorption and Run-off --explain how precipitation returns to earth's surface and what happens to water before it collects in oceans, rivers, lakes, etc.
- Amounts of Water on Earth --graphing levels of salt water, fresh water, & water in glaciers.
- Human Impact on Fresh Water --how agricultural, industrial, or community practices can pollute our fresh water supply.
- Scientific Models --learn how to draw and label scientific models based on demonstrations we conduct in class.
Please see the Homework Page for more details. Students will need to do the following at home this week:
- Homework Project: Students continue working on their Poetry Inquiry project. Students choose a poem to memorize and analyze. Job 1 is due Dec 11, the entire project is due Wednesday, December 20th.
- Reading Response Blog: There is a new Blog Response #4 for students to respond to by Friday.
- Independent Reading: Read 20 minutes each day, or 140 minutes total this week and log it in the planner.
- Math: There will be a math page each night. Students will also need to review for the Unit 3 Math Assessment. Here is the Study Guide.
Thanks for Reading!
So that's the plan for the week! Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or feedback.