HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK:
In math last week, we began Unit 2: Whole Number Multiplication and Division. Students practiced using patterns to multiply by 10s, 100s, and 1000s. We also reviewed rounding and estimating, and powers of 10.
We finished up our Notice & Note Literary Signposts study last week with our sixth signpost! Our final signpost of the week (and of the unit) was Memory Moment; when you're reading and the author interrupts the action to tell you a memory. Using an excerpt from Hope was Here, by Joan Bauer, students practiced answering the question, "Why might this memory be important?" We learned that the answers will tell us about the theme and conflict, and might even foreshadow what will happen later in the story.
Additionally, we officially put together our structure for our Reading Workshop! Students reflected on real reading vs. fake reading, and discussed the importance of engaging in their texts. We also examined the roles of the teacher and students during our reading workshop time. Using a few helpful hints and reminders, students learned how to activate schema to gain a deeper understanding of text, and explored how good readers know when to stop and jot to track their thinking.
Being a Writer was awesome last week! Students explored a prewriting technique, quick writes, to get their writing juices flowing. We also explored point of view and learned how to get ideas from nonfiction texts. In addition, our class loved writing from the perspective of a thing during our I am... creations!
Life during the American Revolution continued last week in fifth grade! Students examined how key events such as the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, and Intolerable Acts affected the colonists and increased tension between England and the Colonies.
THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS:
We will continue moving through Unit 2. Students will practice multiplying by 2-digit numbers, and dividing by 10s, 100s, and 1000s.
This week we will consider our reading identities, dive into thinking strategies, and begin to explore to the power of conversation.
We will continue to focus on getting ideas from nonfiction. Students will also participate in our first pair conferring experiences!
This week students will compare and contrast Loyalists, Patriots, and Neutralists! Hopefully, we will also have time for our first look at the Declaration of Independence.
Friday, 9/20: In School Field Trip...Boston Tea Party Skype! (2:15-3:15)