Hello and happy Friday!
I hope that everyone has had a blessed first week of February! Time sure is flying by.
In writing this week,
we have been working hard to complete our book review outlines that we will be using to create our rough drafts (we are very close!) We continued to focus on our introduction paragraphs, which are comprised of an attention grabbing lead and a brief summary of our book. We practiced writing each of the four types of leads that we discussed and chose our strongest lead for our outline. I have to say, I was blown away by the 'attention-grabbing' sentences that we came up with! Well done. We also discussed how to write a fiction summary and did an example together as a class after reading the book I Wanna Iguana. This book got a lot of laughs! Today, we started talking about writing non-fiction summaries and read the book Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson, and will continue to write non-fiction summaries next week. With the way our schedule is next week (hopefully we won't have any more snow days!), we should be wrapping up the outline and writing our rough drafts next week and working on editing, revising, and our final copies the following week.
In reading this week
(for my class- Mrs. D'Huyvetter's class will be doing this next week),
We read chapter 12-14 in Hatchet on Thursday, completed our next literature circle roles, and created a word web for a vocabulary word found in this section that we read. We had some great discussions today about the chapters! Some of the main topics we've been thinking about are the instances of personification that we've encountered so far and that Brian is beginning to 'shift' his way of thinking from human-like to more animal-like behavior.
In math this week,
We continued to review adding and subtracting fractions through centers on Monday and Tuesday while solving story problems. While solving story problems, we have been using 3 strategies: circle important information and the question being asked, underline key word(s) that tell you that you have to add or subtract, and writing the equation that you have to solve/ drawing a picture. Our problem of the week this week was a challenging one, and many of us were able to get the correct answers! Bravo! Something that we've continued to work on is persistence in math, and this week was a great example of that. Even if you do not get the correct answer, you can always fix your mistakes and try again!
Our next part of the math test (part 2), which is on addition and subtraction story problems, will be Wednesday next week. The review went home today and should be brought back Monday so we can correct it together. Test corrections from the last test are also going to be due on Wednesday.
Other reminders for next week
-Tuesday: Hoops 4 Heart 10:10-11:20 in the gym
-Wednesday: Part 2 of math test
-Thursday: Valentine's party @ 2:15
-Friday and Monday (2/16): Mid winter break
Have a wonderful weekend!