Saturday, December 1, 2012

Cranberry Extravaganza

It was great meeting with all of the parents for conferences last week. We had a very busy and exciting week in the classroom. Here's a quick recap of what we've been working on.

In reading, we focused on Trickster Tales from around the world. Each group was assigned a different Trickster Tale to perform on Friday. They designed props and wrote scripts to present to the class. 

We've been up to a lot in writing. First, we turned out cranberry facts into expository paragraphs. This tied wonderfully into the cranberry extravaganza we had with our buddies. Most of the class has completed the rough draft of this paragraph. Then we learned about similes and wrote a simile poem. 

In Math, we completed Unit 9, which was on division strategies and concepts. Creating division stories was the most challenging aspect for our class.

We've been focusing on adaptation in Science. We're drawing our own custom critters who have gone through adaptations. 

In social studies, we've taken our presidential reports and started turning them into persuasive paragraphs. The students are working on identifying the important characteristics of their presidents so they can try to convince the class that their's is the best president. 

Here's what's coming up next week:
  • Reading: Starting Theme 3
  • Writing: Finish cranberry paragraphs
  • Math: Topic 10 on division facts
  • Science: Start Unit 2 on matter and energy
  • Social Studies: Finish presidential paragraphs
 Have a great rest of the weekend!