What's Happening in Class?
NONFICTION: We recently read an article titled, Death of a President: The 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Assassination. We dug deeper and found many interesting articles and much information on this tragedy in our country's history. Ask your child to tell you about the Funeral Train, the original plan his assassins had (which didn't involve murder), the recreation of the funeral train, and how Lincoln is being kept alive "digitally."
100 WORD CHALLENGE: Students have submitted many blog entries to the 100 Word Challenge. Sneak a peek by clicking on the links above.
WORD WORK: As part of our routine, students spend time looking at word patterns of the English language and building vocabulary skills. Students record the word lists in a document in their Google drive. In a separate document, students are assigned a few words from the word lists for vocabulary. Here, they record the word, define it, put it in a sentence, and find visuals representing the word. These can be viewed in student reading folders in their Google drive.
Fountas & Pinnell assessments are being given now.
Also, PARCC testing this week, 5/12 & 5/14/15.
WRITING: Graphic organizers and directions for accessing the Google templates can be found on the handouts page.
Students use a variety of graphic organizers in their writing. School wide, we are using the acronym CLEAR to write in response to questions about text read or prompts. For summarizing fiction, students have the choice of 2 strategies, using a plot chart or another strategy called Somebody, Wanted, But, So. Students have access to electronic graphic organizers that will generate a completed response or summary as they fill it in, or paper copies of the organizers.