We were “rocking it old school” during rainy recess this week. I brought out my “antique” toys – Spirograph, checkers, Fashion Plates…yes, we were able to have lots of fun without any batteries or electronics…just like in the olden days. 🙂
In order to better understand what we read, we have been analyzing the organization of texts. We ask ourselves, “Is the author comparing and contrasting two items or ideas? Is the author introducing a topic and then describing it with details?” If we know how the text is structured, it helps us understand the ideas the author is sharing. We learned about peregrine falcons and eagles, and reviewed types of rocks, and ocean characteristics.
We read My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza and are using this as a mentor text (“writing coach”) to help us develop funny and entertaining persuasive writing. Look for Thanksgiving turkey stories with a twist next week.
Our class is moving right along with decimal computation – adding and subtracting decimals and solving single and multi-step word problems. We will continue next week with multiplication and division (dividing decimals by whole numbers only). Look for opportunities at home to show how decimals and problem-solving are part of everyday life, for example, prices, gas mileage, and weights.
It’s all coming together in science! What we’ve learned about solids, liquids, and gases, weather, the water cycle, patterns, tides, geography…All this background knowledge helps us understand the motion of the ocean – currents, tides, and waves. Miss Palanca helped us realize that wind causes waves with her hair dryer demonstration and discussion. We explored the impact on the Gulf Stream on our weather and climate. We also started building 3D models of the ocean showing animal life in each zone. Next week we will play 3D Bingo and further explore ocean characteristics in stations that allow students to create deep water currents and learn more about adaptations necessary for animal and plant life.
Look for report cards to come home on Monday. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday! School is closed from Wednesday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Nov. 27.