I hope you are all having a great start to 2018. On our first day back at school, we welcomed a new student, Cynthia, to our class. She comes to us from Rwanda. Welcome, Cynthia!
In this short post, I'll review what we've been learning about and working on for the remainder of the second quarter. There are several important dates listed below.
Reading: To wrap up the quarter, each student has chosen a book to read and present. Students will be giving a "book talk" to their classmates about their book, including the genre, a detailed summary, personal opinions, and specific recommendations. It is my hope that this serves as a catalyst for shared reading experiences and increased motivation for independent reading. Additionally, the students have been reviewing non-fiction text features in library lessons and will be doing a few "feature hunts" in the coming weeks. From these two activities, I expect to see students broaden their reading horizons for the second half of the year.
Writing: In writing, the students have taken their pourquoi tales through the writing process in its entirety. Through several revisions, peer-conferences, and teacher-conferences, the students have polished their work. The stories are unique, creative, and well-developed. We will be having an author's celebration soon!
Math 4: Wrapping up the measurement unit, students learned about elapsed time concepts and transferred their knowledge of metric conversions to time conversions. Over the next few days, students will be learning some basic geometry and data concepts. The first book of the Jump! Math program (4.1) will go home with your child at the end of the week. It can be used as review as needed. We have not completed every page but all of the skills have been introduced, practiced, and assessed.
IXLs: O1, 5, 6 and 7
Math 5: Students are transferring their knowledge of multiplying and dividing decimals by powers of ten to more complex metric unit conversions as well as to find mixed measurement perimeters and missing lengths or widths in two-dimensional shapes. The first book of the Jump! Math program (5.1) will go home with your child at the end of the week. It can be used as review as needed. We have not completed every page but all of the skills have been introduced, practiced, and assessed.
IXLs: G7, I2, J1, Z7-12, Z17
Social Studies: After students researched a particular culture, they reflected on aspects of their various cultures, including their customs and values, in a "What Makes Me, Me" project. In addition to a short Google Slides presentation, students made language maps, identity mandalas, wrote autobiographical poems, brought in cultural artifacts from home, and made ritual/tradition maps. The presentations so far have been very informative and meaningful. A few pictures of student work for this project and the book presentations are below.