Well, last week definitely wasn’t as productive as it could’ve been. Alas, that’s life when you live with the East Wind. Here’s what we’re up to as we prepare for Winter Break:
Writing- Next week, we’ll be putting the final touches on our persuasive writing essays where students made a claim and supported that claim with reasons and evidence. Their work will culminate in a Writer’s Celebration at 2:45pm on Thursday, which you are all invited to come to.
Reading- We continue to learn more about reading historical fiction. I’ve been reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry as a model on how to grow our historical fiction reading skills, like understanding setting. Students are working in book clubs reading books about the Corps of Discovery (Lewis and Clark). Given last week’s cancelled school days, there will be a few book clubs that will probably have to finish their book over Winter Break. At the end of next week, I will definitely let you know what students will need to finish their books over the break.
Spelling- Seeing how most students probably left their spelling words at school because we didn’t have school on Thursday, spelling quizzes will be held on Wednesday of next week instead of Tuesday. That will give students the opportunity to study their words Monday and Tuesday nights. There will be now new words assigned until after Winter Break.
Social Studies- We’ve learned about all the different parts that led up to the Corps of Discovery journey westward in the early 1800s, like Napoleon Bonaparte, Thomas Jefferson’s drive for success, and Manifest Destiny. Our focus now shifts toward the actual expedition itself.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)- Students are working in small groups to develop a parachute that can safely hold an egg once dropped from a tall height. On Wednesday, we’re going to compete against other classes to see how well we developed our parachutes.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Idiom of the Week: Rise to the Occasion