HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK💡
Last week in math, ,we completed a few more Hands-On Equations algebra lessons. Students were introduced to a new "piece" called star, and learned that * and X are opposites, or zero pairs. We also practiced solving equations using parentheses, and evaluated expressions when the value of X or * is known.
Our study of nonfiction began last week with Notice & Note Stances, Signposts, and Strategies. We started off this mini-unit by creating the questioning stance. Students were asked to read with the following questions in mind:
What surprised me?
What did the author think I already knew?
What changed, challenged, or confirmed what I already knew?
"Reading with these Big Questions in mind encourages a critical, attentive stance and develops habits of mind that-if we can instill them in our students-may help them deal more attentively and intelligently with the nonfiction texts they will encounter throughout their lives."
Our writers were super busy last week exploring our final mentor texts and looking for ways to further develop characters, plot, and setting. We ended the week with peer conferring, as students received feedback in selecting a final draft to take through the publication process.
The American Revolution continued last week as we examined the Declaration of Independence. Students learned about the meeting and tasks of the Second Continental Congress, and explored the importance of Thomas Paine's Common Sense pamphlet.
THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS📌
We will begin Chapter 6: Area. Students will practice finding the area of rectangles with fractional side lengths.
Our study of Notice & Note NONFICTION will continue this week as we examine Extreme & Absolute Language, Numbers & Stats, and Quoted Words.
This week our writers will move into the publication lessons of our fiction unit. Students will spend time revising for characters and plot.
We will wrap-up our study of the Declaration of Independence and learn how the Patriots won the war.
Monday, 2/22: Candor Health Education Puberty Presentations (1:30-3:00pm)
Tuesday, 2/23: PICTURE DAY (2:20 for Roomies)
Thursday, 2/25: CogAT Test #3 (9:15-10:10)
Friday, 2/26: Author Zoom-KL GOING (2:10pm)