Sunday, November 4, 2012

Pumpkins and Banana Slugs

Sorry for the delay on this one. I was a little under the weather yesterday, but I should be ready to go by tomorrow! We had a fun-filled Halloween and Jasper Ridge week. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make both of those days go so smoothly. Here's what we did last week:

Reading: We read Anthony Ramos: Born to Rope and worked on the comprehension skill of categorization. We also had some fantastic book report presentations on their painted pumpkins.

Writing: We focused on nouns and integrated our categorization skills into proper nouns, common nouns, and pronouns. We started writing a Jasper Ridge paragraph and another on Halloween candy. We decided to recycle the word "Awesome" and developed a list of synonyms that we will be using from now on in our writing.

Math: We continued our Unit 7 studies and did some fun problem solving activities.

Science: We had an adventure at Jasper Ridge and many students found the plants and animals we've been working on in our field guides. Their favorite was the banana slug!

Social Studies: We started our government unit, focusing on elections. We began to talk about what a President and the Branches of Government can do. Each student was assigned a president to research. Eventually, they will write a paragraph about that president.

Here's what's coming up this week:
  • Reading The Talking Cloth 
  • Working on pluralization
  • Math test on Tuesday
  • Working on topic sentences 
  • Beginning adaptation in science
  • Continuing our elections unit
On Friday, it came to our attention that there was bullying going on about who the students were planning on voting for. I talked to the students about tolerance. Please reenforce this at home and help them see that everyone's opinion should be treated with respect.