April 3rd, 2006
Reading: Today was a work day for Literature Circles projects. Students will also work tomorrow, and present their projects on Wednesday. We also read a book entitled, Scarecrow, by Cynthia Rylant, as an example of including details in our writing.
Language Arts: Our mini-lesson today was about including a balance of general (gentle, happy, sad) and specific details (ten-foot sunflowers, crimson sky) in our writing. These details help the reader to picture the story and understand what the writer is trying to say.
Students should be in the middle of drafting their new piece of writing. The next piece is due April 13.
Spelling: We looked at how er can be a suffix that means “one who”, as in writer or painter, or can mean “more”, as in stronger or faster. We also noticed that er can also be part of the base word, as in remember or letter. The Level Four Core Word list is an option for continued practice.
Math: Twenty-three students in class have mastered their multiplication facts. Today, those students started working on division facts. We also reviewed for the chapter 5 math test, which will be tomorrow.
Science: We reviewed the mini-experiments from Thursday and understood that increased tesion creates high pitches, and decreased tension creates lower pitches. Homework is to complete the Good Vibrations response sheet. A science test is coming Thursday over sound.
Social Studies: We continued our cooperative learning Jigsaw project about the Three Fires people of Michigan. See Tuesday’s post for more information about the Jigsaw strategy.
Today, students taught their mini-lessons to their teams. Tomorrow, teachers will help lead a class discussion about the main ideas of each subtopic.
- Conferences are April 10-12. Reserve your appointment at the office windows.
- HELP WANTED: Mr. Keilitz is looking for parents willing to help with Field Day, which is at the end of May. If you are willing to help, please fill out the form here. Thanks!
- Mackinaw Fundraising Update: our class has raised $2,078, which is 77% of our goal. We have $622 remaining to reach our goal of $2,700.
- Interested in going to Mackinaw? We still have three chaperone spots available for the trip. Fill out the form here if you would like to go.