Here's we've been working on in the classroom:
Reading : Since I posted last, we have finished our nonfiction reading unit. After going through various nonfiction conventions, we talked about 'wonderings' for a bit. Wonderings are things that we wonder about before, during, and after reading. They're questions that we ask ourselves about the topic of the book we're reading (for nonfiction books, anyway). It is the beginning of nonfiction research. After spending some time jotting down their wonderings, the students began to research the answers to their wonderings.
Last week, the students created research projects that we called 'wondering boxes' to display one of the research questions that they found the answers to. Ask your child what he did his/her wondering box about. After finishing their projects, the students shared what they learned with the class to culminate our nonfiction reading unit.
Writing : Last week, the students worked on their nonfiction reading projects during writing time as a lead into our next writing unit, which has the students creating their own nonfiction, all about books.
Math : Over the past couple of weeks, we've focused a lot on fact families and how the numbers in fact families relate to one another. The students have also learned about function machines and finding unknowns. They're really enjoyed playing our new math game, Salute.
Social Studies : Last week, we started our next social studies unit, which is all about the history of the United States. We talked about the 13 colonies and the Revolutionary War last week.
Here are some pictures from last week. Have a great week!