January 3rd, 2018
Spelling: Today was our class spelling bee. Congratulations to Donald and Reziah, our class contestants!
Cursive: No cursive assignment this week.
Reading: Today was a reading skills day using MobyMax Foundational Reading.
Writing: We talked about different types of endings in gamebook stories. Most endings are bad, resulting in the reader dying. Some are neutral–the reader doesn’t die, but doesn’t win. One ending is a good ending that wins the game. We looked at sample endings in a California Gold Rush book. Students also started planning their endings and choices using a website called Bubbl.us.
Our current writing project is a Choose Your Own Adventure fiction gamebook. Students are writing a fiction adventure story with choices that the reader can make. Each choice can change how the story turns out. Students will publish their adventure as a website at Google Sites. See below for more details. Homework is to continue prewriting at Bubbl.us for 15 minutes.
This project is due Tuesday, January 23. Some ideas and resources are below:
Choose Your Own Adventure Resources
- See examples of Choose Your Own Adventure fiction websites hereand here.
- Here are some good student examples:
- Look at an Underground Railroad Choose Your Own Adventure website.
- Look through the Underground Railroad Interactive History Adventure book (hint: search for “the end” to see some of the endings of the book).
- Look at some examples of different kinds of endings in a Choose Your Own Adventure Story.
- View the titles of all the Choose Your Own Adventure books to get adventure topic ideas.
- Play Zork, a text-based computer game. Here is a list of commands and directions. Here is a map of the dungeon if you get stuck or lost.
- Play Oregon Trail, another text-based computer game.
Find a complete list of resources here.
Math: We worked on multiplying by using place value and by breaking large number apart. We’ll be working on this again next time. Homework is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.
Science: We use plastic syringes to learn that air takes up space, water takes up space, air and water are matter, and that air can be compressed smaller, but water is hard to compress.
Social Studies: We started writing notes in our minibooks about the Bill of Rights.
- Have you helped your student plan a Daily Homework Time?
- Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
- View links to all the websites we use in class.
- View grades, assignments, and attendance at Jupiter Ed.
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.