January 7th, 2020
Spelling: We reviewed diagraphs, which are two letters that form one new sound: ch, th, sh, ph, wh. This will be the skill tested on Thursday’s spelling test.
Cursive: Cursive pp. 45-47 are available and are due Friday.
Reading: We read a realistic fiction story about someone helping during tornados and hurricanes by donating supplies.
Writing: Students started drafting their Choose Your Own Adventure fiction gamebook. They created a Google Site and started working on the introduction page. We talked about how each page of this story is a scene, and balanced scenes have a mixture of talking, action, and visual details. Each page should have all three of these story details.
Homework on weekdays is to work on writing for 15 minutes. Students should we working on the first page of their Google Site or starting the second page of their story.
This project is due Wednesday, January 22. Some ideas and resources are below:
Choose Your Own Adventure Resources
- See examples of Choose Your Own Adventure fiction websites here and 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 used MobyMax Math to practice multiplication again today. We are up to 22 students finished with the one-digit multiplication lesson; only 6 more students to go! Most of the class is now working on two-digit multiplication. Homework on weekdays is to practice math for 15 minutes using MobyMax or Khan Academy.
Science: Students wrote a scientific explanation about how a gecko could see its prey and they recognize if it was safe to eat. Homework is to finish notebook p. 60 if not done in class.
Social Studies: We used this time to learn about the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Reyes – the Day of the Kings. The “Three Kings” visited our classroom and left fruit snacks in the shoes that students left by their desks.
Character Strength: We are learning about optimism this week.
- Tomorrow is a late start day; school begins at 11 am.
- Family Math and Science Night is January 30 from 5:30-7:00 pm. Lots of fun experiments, math games, and free hot dogs! Please come!
- Is your student doing a Daily Homework Time? Here’s a sample schedule and more ideas to get started.
- Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
- View grades, assignments, and attendance at JupiterGrades.
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.