Hello Bighorns! Another week under our belts and hoping everyone had a good weekend. Here’s what’s happening in our classroom this week:
Reminders and Announcements:
- Candy Gram sales start Monday, February 3rd and run through Wednesday, February 12th. Students in 3-12 can purchase. Students are selling in the cafeteria from 12:00-1:00. No sales in the office or classrooms. Cost is .50 apiece.
- Students will be presenting their state project on Thursday afternoon from 2:00-2:45 pm in the cafeteria. Please come and hear all about their state and read their essays. We will have sticky notes next to their writing and welcome you to read them and leave compliments or suggestions.
- LITERACY STRATEGY OF THE WEEK! Questioning during reading: Effective questioning should be practiced before, during, and after reading. When readers ask questions before they read a text, they are activating prior knowledge and making predictions. Both of these activities engage the child’s interest and increase the likelihood that they will connect with the text and comprehend it. Questioning during reading can take the form of self-questioning, questioning the text, or questioning the author. It creates a dialogue in the child’s mind as he reads. Asking questions after reading the text can stimulate critical analysis and further research on the topic. Remind your child to question as he/she reads!
5th grade Reading/Writing: Students will continue working on drafting, editing, and revising their informative/explanatory essays for their state float project in order to prepare for presentations on Thursday. Students will also continue working on verbs this week in grammar.
5th grade Projects: We begin to wrap up our geography unit. This week, students will review the cultural, environmental, and political characteristics of a location. They will study the states and capitals of the United States and take a quiz this week. Students will finish creating their state floats using their project research guide packet (this includes a specific description of the project as well as the project rubric) to help evaluate their progress. Floats will be on display in the cafeteria on Thursday afternoon from 2:00-2:45pm.
6th grade Reading/ Writing: Sixth graders will continue and finish drafting, editing, and revising their informative/explanatory essays about their animal totem. Students will have to explain what life lessons they can learn from their chosen animal based on facts they’ve learned from their research. Student essays must include an introductory paragraph, two body paragraphs (each describing one life lesson), and a concluding paragraph. I have shared a teacher sample essay to help guide students with their writing. In addition, we’ve taken notes on informative/explanatory writing such as the structure of an essay, how to write an introductory paragraph, transition words/phrases to help connect ideas within the essay, how to write a topic sentence, and how to write a concluding paragraph. Students will begin creating their totem this week during ELA class; however, creating a polished final draft of students’ essay is priority over the art project.