- Friday, January 13th: 1/2 Day - Dismissal at 11:40
- Monday, January 16th: No School - Martin Luther King Day
- Friday, January 27th: 1/2 Day - Dismissal at 11:40
- Wednesday, February 1st: Reading Logs Due
Language Arts: The reading logs are looking great!! I'm very impressed with all the reading the kids are doing outside of school! They are doing a great job turning in the logs on time too!! We've started a little incentive for kids that they're pretty excited about. The class has teamed up in groups of 4 and their job is to encourage each other regularly to read more. At the end of the month, we'll tally up all of the minutes and I'll be awarding the top group with a deposit in their checking account, The goal should be at least 600 minutes a month. Many are reading much more than this but this should be the minimum amount you try to aim for each month. We'll be doing a variety of different things in reading over the next few weeks. First and foremost, we'll be kicking off book clubs on Tuesday. Kids will be placed into groups and will have a nightly assignment to read and be prepared for their book club the following day. They will be meeting with me everyday as well to ensure they are understand the book and I'll be doing some reading lessons within the groups as well. They will also have a reading packet that will be done mainly in class but if they don't finish, they will be expected to complete this at home for homework. Just a heads up...I will be assigning a Historical Fiction book report sometime in February. This will be a presentation report as well and I'll be giving them a packet as well as going over all the expectations of the project. Stay tuned!
In Writing, we're rolling right along in our persuasive unit. We have analyzed persuasive texts, discussed the audience, issues and the importance of having convincing evidence. We're just about ready to write our first piece and we have been working hard to come up with three pieces of supportive evidence. When they are finished with their first piece, they'll bring it home for you to review. You can decide if their evidence was convincing enough. They are really having a great time with the unit!
Social Studies: In social studies, we're continuing to move through our Geography unit. This unit also has many vocabulary words the students will be responsible for. We're planning to complete a Lapbook as we learn different concepts in this unit. Some of the things we'll cover over the next couple of weeks are latitude/longitude, cardinal/intermediate directions, and we'll do some more work with relative location.
Science: We're in the midst of our Motion and Design unit. This is an engaging unit where students work in design teams to create vehicles according to a given set of criteria. They modify their vehicles each week based on the scientific principles introduced. Students have to work together cooperatively in order to solve the problems at hand. There are so many wonderful things going on in science and it's definitely a favorite for most!!