March 9th, 2020
Spelling: We started to review prefixes and suffixes today.
Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due on Fridays.
Reading: We read some fantasy stories about people running for public office!
Writing: We reviewed the idea about writing balanced scenes that contain some talking, action, and visual details. Each scene should have some of all three details.
Students also continued to draft their novel today. Students should have 30% of their word goal completed by tonight. The class average is 18%, meaning that several students are getting behind, mainly due to not working enough at school and home.
The novel project is due Wednesday, March 25. Homework is work on writing for at least 15 minutes daily during the week.
Novel Writing Project 2020
The final piece of the 3rd Marking Period will be our final fiction project of the year. Students will write and publish their own novel! Each student will write their own novel, with a word goal minimum of 1,000-3,000 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.google.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.
Science: We reviewed evidence for how sound energy travels as waves through particle collisions, and then students wrote an explanation about that. Homework is to finish p. 43 if not done in class.
Social Studies: We simulated circular flow–the economics idea that money keeps flowing from people to businesses to people through the economy.
Character Strength: We are learning about social intelligence this week.
- Wednesday is a Late Start Day. School starts at 11 am.
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- Please send in remaining Mackinac donations and payments by Friday, April 17. Find more details about our Mackinac trip here.
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 5th grade.