Class activities for Tuesday, April 4

Reading: Today was the final work day for Literature Circles projects. Students will present their projects tomorrow.

Language Arts: Our mini-lesson today focused on using fresh language in our writing. Fresh language is writing in a way that is new, different, unusual, unique-something that makes us sit up and take notice. Fresh language often comes in the form of interesting details and description (gray-wrapped rocks, lazy lapping waves).

Students should be near the end of drafting their new piece of writing. The next piece is due April 13.

Spelling: Today, we used letter cards to form words, paying attention to how individual letters are used to create sounds.

The Level Four Core Word list is an option for continued practice.

Math: Math was forgone today in lieu of a double-dose of science. We’ll get a double-dose of math tomorrow, which will include the chapter 5 math test.

Science: We looked at how pitch and volume was used in the symphony composition, Peter and the Wolf, by listening to clips of audio from the production.

We also reviewed and collected the response sheet homework from last night. We played a review game to practice for the test coming Thursday over sound.

Social Studies: We had a group debriefing session today about our Three Fires Jigsaw project. Teachers from three of the subtopics led a class discussion of the important points of their lessons.

Visit the Social Studies resources page for more information, and stop in to the Social Studies Jigsaw blog archives for a peek at what students worked on for this project.


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