HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK:
Last week in math we finished up Chapter 2. Students continued to practice using the order of operations to evaluate equations. We also practiced solving real world multiplication and division problems.
We were super busy readers last week! First, students developed a criteria to use for creating classroom book talks, and began planning for their own upcoming talks. Next, we took an in depth look at our reading log data to reflect on reading practices. We used this data to make decisions about our own stamina, pacing, and habits. Finally, students reflected on their reading lives, and set goals based on their reading habits, choices, understanding of text, and participation in conversations. Although these tasks can be difficult to tackle, our class did a great job of accepting the challenge!
Our writers were also super busy last week! As we began to move through the writing process, students spent time analyzing and revising their drafts. We revised our writing for overused words and created strong opening sentences. We also met with our writing partners at the beginning and end of the week to share our revisions.
Last week's American Revolution study focused on the Battle of Bunker Hill. Students learned the history behind this important battle and its impact on the Continental soldiers, and the war itself. Special thanks to Mr. Burke, who shared his videos from the the actual Battle of Bunker Hill memorial site in Boston. Our class loved seeing this history through your eyes (and voice)!
THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS:
We will finish up Chapter 2 this week, with our final assessment on Tuesday. We will also begin Chapter 3, Fractions and Mixed Numbers.
Our next reading unit, Fiction, will begin this week! Students will compare the main idea and themes of our recent fiction texts: Towers Falling and Among the Hidden. We will also focus on comparing the structures of fiction texts and analyze characters.
Students will proofread their final drafts and publish their work. We will hold a Gallery Walk on Friday to share our published pieces!
The American Revolution will continue this week as we examine the battles fought in the war and the Americans push for independence.
Tuesday, 10/8: Chapter 2 Math Test (Anderle)
Monday, 10/14: No School (SIP Day)
Thursday, 10/24: No School (Conferences)
Friday, 10/25: No School (Conferences)