Class activities for Thursday, March 11

Spelling: None today due to completing a student satisfaction survey.

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due on Fridays.

Reading: Today was a reading day in Literature Circles. Some groups worked on synthesizing and summarizing as a reading strategy.

Writing: Students continued to draft their novel today. Each student has a daily word goal of 130-350 words. Ask your student how many words they’ve written so far! The novel is due Friday, March 26.

Here is more about this project:

Novel Writing Project
The final piece of the 3rd Marking Period will be our final fiction project of the year. Students will write a novel. You read that right! Each student will write their own novel, with a word goal minimum of 1,000-3,500 words, based on their reading level (each student’s minimum writing goal is equal to their reading level multiplied by 500).
The novels will be written in Google Docs (docs.mrhowd.com) to make use of the word count feature. Final novels will be uploaded to lulu.com and published as paperback books, which can be purchased for reasonable prices. So yes, students will actually write and publish their own novels. This project is based on the National Novel Writing Month Young Writers program. Here are more details:

  • We will start this project in class on March 8 and it will be due on March 26; however, students can begin early.
  • This is our final fiction project; the novel can be any type of fiction story (mystery, science fiction, fantasy, realistic, historical, etc.)
  • We will be working in the computer lab most days, using docs.mrhowd.com to type the novel. Students can also work on this from any internet-connected computer outside of school.
  • Students might want to start thinking now about how they will use a computer afterschool if they need to, and if they will go to the library, use a home computer, or use a friend or family member’s computer.
  • If friends and family would like to order a paperback version of the book, we will upload the final texts to lulu.com. Most books will cost between $5 and $10.
  • A big portion of this grade will be if students complete their own, personal word count goal.

Math: Students completed a math test today over these ideas:

  • Decimals, decimal comparing, ordering, fractions and decimals;
  • Metric measurement;
  • Metric conversion; and,
  • Decimal addition and subtraction.

Science: We planned a moon picnic today! We decided that we wouldn’t need fishing poles, bathing suits, kites or bug spray because there is no life, liquid water, or air on the moon. But we decided to bring our bats and baseballs, slides, swings, sunglasses and shovels.

Also, the Globe at Night project has begun and is due March 17; here is more information about this project:

  • Students have from March 4-16 to complete their observation
  • Students should observe the sky between 7-10 pm, and need to let their eyes adjust to the darkness for about 10 minutes before making the observation
  • Students are looking for the constellation Orion in order make their observation
  • Help with finding the latitude and longitude of your viewing location can be found here
  • Students will turn in their record sheet for their grade (see handout from class, or look here)
  • All the details, and a record sheet, can be found here
  • Help with finding Orion in the sky can be found here and here
  • Visit Globe at Night for complete details
  • Other free resources to help with this project:

Social Studies: Groups worked on comparing their selected region to the Midwest region. Homework is to finish their Venn diagram comparison if not finished in class.

Behavior Update:

  • Yellow magnets: 3
  • Orange magnets: 0
  • Red magnets: 0
  • STAR Awards: 0
  • Magnets moved this week (goal: 10): 10

Check your student’s Personal and Social Growth grade at SnapGrades to see if your student moved their magnet. Need help with SnapGrades?

Notes:

Our Mission:
Every student in Room 130 leaves improved and prepared for 5th grade.

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