This week was a tree-building week. Here is what we learned!
In Reading this week we continued to read The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963. We learned new comprehension strategies that included, making a picture or mental image in our minds as we read and making inferences and supporting them with evidence. Lastly, we worked on predicting and adjusting our prediction as we read more and more. We think the Watsons is a funny book but also deals with bullying and other hard topics.
In Writing this week we started preparing for the MCAS Long Composition and finished our Opinion Essays. We learned that we will be writing 3-4 pages on different topics, depending on the prompt we get. Last year kids got to write a story about discovering a trunk in their back yard. We’re crossing our fingers for a narrative prompt so that we can write stories.
Math this week was kind of fun. We made a racetrack using fractions. We had to put different landmarks at different fractions along the course. For example, we had to label the course with kilometer signs every 1/12 of the course (which we figured out was every 5 km) and water stations every 1/4 of the course. We also started preparing for Student-led conferences and chose something from math to share with our families.
This week in Social Studies we started studying the South East and read about the land of the region. We’re doing this because part of The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 takes place in the South East.
The updates for this week in the Home of the Newton Champions is we returned or pen pal letters, Mayor Setti Warren visited us and read us a book in honor of Read Across America Day. It was really cool to meet the Mayor! We got to ask him questions and learned that he was in the Navy and is a veteran. Three people also presented their nontraditional this week and we almost finished our Peace Tree. It is growing in our Peace Corner like crazy!
Have a good Weekend,
Olivia and Bryce