Class activities for Monday, October 14

Spelling: We practiced the difference between fewer and less.

  • There is less wind today.
  • There are fewer students today.

The word fewer is used for things that can be counted. The word less is for things that cannot be counted.

Cursive: Cursive pp. 16-18 are available and were due today.

Reading: Students worked on a STAR Reading test today.

Writing: We talked about how to “fictionalize” a personal narrative by adding interesting dialogue, taking out boring parts, adjusting the time of events, and making events more interesting. This project will help us bridge the gap between personal narratives and the fiction stories we will work on in the second marking period.

To help with this idea, we listened to a personal narrative by Patricia Polacco that was fictionalized to be more interesting:

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother read by Melissa Gilbert

My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother is written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco and read by Melissa Gilbert. Tricia can’t stand her rotten redheaded older brother Richie, who can do everything better than she can.

Students also started prewriting a list of possible ideas to write about in a fictionalized way.

A “fictionalized” personal narrative is due Sunday, November 3. Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Your student should be thinking of a personal narrative topic at this point.

Math: We practiced rounding again today. Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.

Also, here are the results from our last STAR Math test. As you can see, we made some good growth!

Science: We looked at some conglomerate and sandstone rock samples to compare and contrast them. We learned that conglomerate is usually formed in fast moving water, which is why it contains smooth pebbles. Sandstone is usually formed in oceans, lakes, rivers and near beaches. We used a simulation to learn that different rocks form in different environments.

Social Studies: We learned about how some powers are given to state governments, some to the federal government, and some powers are shared.

Character Strength: We are learning about integrity this week.

Notes:

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.

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