In our language arts work this week, we will be working on reading comprehension strategies of synthesizing information and making generalizations. Students are reading small-group books about earthquakes and will be taking part in book clubs on Thursday. I’ll be posting a scheduled time for each group to meet later this week. In grammar work, we are continuing to look at the differences between adverbs and adjectives and making sure that we use each appropriately in our writing.
Our writing work last week resulted in some fun stories about the weather. I’ve read about thunderstorms, hail, dust devils, snow, fog, and more! Students are working on adding sensory details to their descriptions as well as incorporating realistic dialogue to make the writing more interesting. This week, our writing work will be to take the weather stories and create picture books. Students will draw illustrations and plan the layout of their stories. There are several ways that they might create their books. I recommend Google Slides for text and picture layout, but students can try other ways as well: it can be as low-tech as making a physical paper book and photographing it to creating an illustrated iMovie (for the adventurous), or more! As always, my emphasis is on the process and the learning, and I don’t want technology obstacles to become the focus. I’m excited to see what directions their creativity takes them!
In math, we will continue to investigate fractions. Students begin by looking at fractions as equal parts of a whole. Last week, we considered ways that we could share brownies with different numbers of people (resulting in frequent cravings for baked-goods). Students created fraction sets and identified the unit fractions (one-third, one-fourth, one-half, etc.) that they made. This week, the students will work with fractions that have a numerator larger than one and will look at different ways to make one whole. Students will also represent fractions on a number line and will work to measure length to the nearest quarter inch.
As we approach the conclusion of the school year, I will be sending out a sign-up genius to schedule appointments to return iPads and school books. I’ll post the sign-ups next week for time slots on Wednesday and Thursday, May 20-21.
- Wednesday, April 29: Pajama Day
- Thursday, April 30: Small Group book clubs (schedule TBA)
- Friday, May 1: Language Arts Tests; Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Spelling, and Writing Revising and Editing (WRE).
- Wednesday, May 6: St. Michael’s School Uniform Day
- Wednesday, May 13: Share Your Favorite Book Day
- Friday, May 15: Last Day of Online Distance Learning Assignments/Tests
- May 18 – 21: Turn-in any Loose Ends
- Tuesday, May 19: Virtual Class Party 9AM
- Wednesday, May 21 – Thursday, May 21: Return of Device/Materials, sign up genius to come
Spelling Words with VCV, VCCV Patterns
Scientific and Academic Vocabulary:
earthquake, plate, shore, tsunami, wave, power, rescue, sense, signal, warn