Thank you again for all of your well wishes when I was out sick. I greatly appreciate it. The kids were helpful and very understanding of me coming back this week and still being a bit under the weather. They are wonderful! Take a look at what we worked on this week:
Reading Workshop: We were excited to finish our unit read aloud Because of Winn Dixie. We loved the happy ending and following, the main character, Opal along her journey. The other characters also taught us many important life lessons. We are excited to be able to watch the movie as a grade level before the winter break. Mini lessons included:
- Readers notice the roles secondary characters play along a story mountain
- Readers pay close attention to the climax noticing how the main character is tested
- Readers note how characters reach the top and then come down the story mountain
- Readers reflect on their feeling about characters throughout the book by stopping and jotting
While we finished the book itself we are by no means done talking about these wonderful characters and all of the wonderful things we have learned from them!
Writing Workshop: We are working so hard on our persuasive pieces! We stopped and did a checkpoint to assess where we are as writers. Based on those assessments we developed a new checklist and organizer to help categorize our thoughts. Mini lessons included:
- Writers stop and look at where they are and where they need to be
- Writers use a checklist to set new goals for writing
- Writers create new planners to match their goals
- Writers identify categories by looking for sentences that go together
- Writers take their categories and write them long across drafting paper
The kids worked so hard in writing and I am very proud of where we ended the week as writers!
Social Studies: We completed our pollution unit and students started the week by taking their pollution assessment. We started our unit on Colonial America. Students learned about colonization and why the Puritans came to America. They were introduced to the New England Colonies, Mid Atlantic Colonies, and Southern Colonies. We identified each on a map and created a color coded key to identify each colony. This week our focus was on the New England colonies. The students read about Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. We discussed religious freedom, economics, and resources they had in each. We ended the week with our assessment. After the break, we will be focusing on the Mid-Atlantic Colonies.
Math – We continued working on measurement and line plots. We spent the beginning of the week focusing on understanding how line plots are an organized way to show data. We discussed how line plots show the mode (what occurs most frequently) and the range (the difference between the greatest and least). We spent time looking at several examples of data together and creating line plots as a class. Students then worked with partners to collect data for the lengths of everyone’s pencils in the class and created their own line plots. The kids seemed to enjoy it and our assessment went well. We will be moving into 2 step word problems after the break.
I hope you all have a very relaxing and wonderful winter break. Wishing you and your families all stay well and enjoy!