We had a productive week last week finishing our Nevada settler research. The kids did a great job starting on the rough draft of their essays. We touched on the revision stage of the writing process, but will continue peer revisions and group conferences this week. After the revision stage we will begin editing using the CUPS method. The students will edit their research papers by editing for Capitalization, Usage and grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling/Spacing. I will meet with each group at least once this coming week. I want to ensure their paper has met and exceeded the goals set for them in the Essay Rubric we reviewed last week. This rubric gives information for each category I will grade on, so students know exactly what I expect of them and how they will be graded. Each student will receive 2 grades for their essay. One grade will be a group grade since researching was a group effort and peer editing and revision was assigned. The other grade will be an individual grade on the one paragraph each student was responsible for researching and writing. We aim to complete final drafts by Thursday.
Then, we will be able to move on to the next phase of our Nevada settler project, the diorama! I hope this will be a fun and creative assignment for the kids! Together in their project groups, they will discuss plans for creating a model to represent their Nevada settler group. Using a model plan, the students will decide what they want their model to be and represent (i.e. lifestyle – a typical day, a particular conflict while interacting with another group, etc.). They will discuss with each other the materials and supplies needed to create the model. Heads up, each student will be responsible for bringing certain “building materials” to school once I have signed off on their diorama design. I am excited to see your child’s creative streak come alive!
While we have spent a good portion of our writing time on this Nevada settler essay, your child also studied similes during the Sentence of the Week lesson. Typically similes and metaphors go hand in hand, but I decided to split them up and only study one at a time. The kids did great this week on their simile quizzes; I’m so proud of them! So this coming week we will study metaphors and the differences between similes and metaphors. We will have lots of written practice, watch an funny instructional video, and play an interactive metaphor game to make sure they have a clear understanding of when and how to use metaphors before their quiz on Thursday.
I wanted to remind and invite y’all to the Family Movie night this Friday, October 12 at 6:00 pm. The Family Engagement Committee is putting on this fun event and showing Hotel Transylvania 3 . Check out my previous blog post for more info, and remember there are volunteer opportunities available!
As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great week!