Since the last post, we have enjoyed the Spring Concert and Arbor Day. The students also had fun going to the book fair and browsing/buying books. Thanks for all your support organizing your child for the book fair. It was so helpful that all of the students knew exactly what they could purchase. Hopefully they're enjoying those new books at home!
Here's we've been working on in the classroom:
Reading : We've been working on visualizing and inferring in reading. We started with visualizing, which is using your senses to imagine exactly what is happening in the text you are reading. We've been using poems, primarily, to work on the students visualizing skills because of the rich language that poets use. Check out the poetry section of your child's binder to see what poems we've been working with.
After taking some time to work on visualizing, we started using our visualizations of poems to infer their meanings. In addition to using rich language to paint pictures, poets often imply meanings. The students have enjoyed trying to figure out what the authors of poems are talking about.
Writing : The students have been working on their own all about books for the past couple of weeks. To start, the students selected non-fiction topics that they felt they knew a lot about. Then, they created webs to organize the information that they knew about their topics. After creating the table of contents, the students have been working hard writing their all about books and using non-fiction conventions, that they learned about in the last reading unit, to share facts with their readers.
Math : We've moved on to unit 8, which is focused on Geometry. We've learned about defining and non-defining attributes of shapes, halves, and fourths.
Science : We're currently learning all about the desert! So far, the students have enjoyed learning about how all of the desert plants and animals survive in the harsh desert climate.
Here are some pictures from last couple weeks. Have a great week!