First off, I hope everyone has an enjoyable and relaxing Easter break. When we return, there are only a few weeks left of school. This time of year, students become antsy with anticipation of the end of the year. I try to do different projects or research to maintain engagement. Students will be researching and writing about the Civil War. And, I will have at least one or two more writing assignments.
• Students are delving into the land of customary measurement. Understanding what measurement tools to use, when to use precise measurement and how to use rulers, measuring cups, etc. are fundamental in a child’s understanding of measurement.
I will be giving students another area/perimeter assessment. Many did not do well on the first one. I will review the concepts again. The challenge seems to be relating area and perimeter and remembering the formulas. I am also going to spiral back to multiplication and long division – as a refresher.
• Students completed a comprehension piece about a tall tale. They will be given short reading passages to practice different types of comprehension skills that incorporate all areas of the elements of literature. These include cause and effect, characterization, main idea/detail, summarizing/vocabulary and sequencing.
• We completed a short poetry session about Earth Day. Students learned about a ‘shape poem’, Tanka, and free style. They are already familiar with Haiku. I showed several videos about Earth Day. We learned it was started by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. He began the movement in 1970. Today, over 130 countries around the world celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd.
We also wrote our ‘miss you’ letters to family and friends. In a time of emails and electronic messaging, it’s nice to receive a hand-written note from someone with a message of love and caring. It is much more personal and sentimental. I hope that students continue to hand-write notes, cards, or letters to the important people in their lives.
Currently, I am grading the midwest tests. They will be returned after Easter break.
We have begun learning about our final region: the West. This the ‘gold rush’ region
Students continue to understand the courageousness of settlers moving west in covered wagons. They have seen several videos showcasing the hardships and successes of settling new land in unfamiliar territory. They are currently drawing pictures representing the Diary of a young Pioneer girl.