Weekly News for January 22nd--January 25th:
Reading: As we continue our fictional series book clubs students will develop theories on their characters this week. We will discuss how books in a series are often predictable. Students will practice using what they know about their characters and their book series to make predictions and develop evidence-based theories.
Writing: Publishing our opinion pieces took a little longer than expected. Now that all students are done with their opinion pieces we can return to our rock books and focus on paragraph structure. Our lessons this week will include developing topic sentences and supporting sentences that align. Within this concept of paragraph structure is main idea and supporting details. We will use our ideas about rocks to begin the conversation.
Math: This week in math we will spend some time reviewing and practicing the big ideas of unit 4 before our unit test. Topics that can be tricky for students in this unit, that we will be revisiting, include: measuring to the nearest inch and centimeter, telling time to the nearest 5 minutes, distinguishing between A.M. and P.M, and breaking numbers down by place value into expanded form or base ten short-hand.
Social Studies: This week in social studies will be begin our research of human characteristics in Ann Arbor (think roads, buildings, bridges.) Students will pick a few human characteristics in Ann Arbor that interest them and research reasons why newcomers to our city would be interested in visiting these places. Ultimately, students will type paragraphs on each of their characteristics to add to their very own brochure.
Writing Celebration: Our class would like to share the hard word they've done to write convincing opinion pieces of writing. Please join us tomorrow, 1/19 to enjoy your student's writing and chat with them about whether they've convinced you of their opinion. Throughout the day on Friday we will have a table set up outside our classroom. Whenever you can, drop by our classroom. Your child will come out and share their writing with you! Please be aware students are at lunch from 12:00-12:49 and music from 1:00-1:45. We understand that not all of you will be able to get away from work during the day. If you can't make it, we will send your child's writing home!
No School Monday January 21st in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. day.
Scholastic Books Orders: If your child would like to order books this month please order online using our class code (P93YR) or send in your child's order to class. I will submit all orders at the end of the month.
Class Wish List: I have created a short amazon wish list of odds and end items that would benefit our classroom. I will be adding to this periodically as our classroom needs develop. Please click the link to the right to see our class list: a.co/8fPKjiV