First off, thank you so very much for my lovely teacher appreciation gifts. I brought some of the delicious Nadine cookies home, otherwise I would have eaten ALL of them! I don’t do enough Zumba to burn off that many calories. I used my beautiful Starbucks Arizona travel mug this morning. It kept my coffee very warm on the drive to school. Also, thank you for the Starbucks gift card. I will definitely use this to purchase my favorite drink, an almond milk misto with a dash of cinnamon. Finally, the Barnes and Noble gift card goes a long way since I belong to a book club. Thanks again for your thoughtfulness. 4B families Rock!
Our End-of-Year Party will take place on Thursday, May 23. Please sign and return the Playformance Client Info and Waiver that is in your child’s Eagle Express. A pizza lunch will be provided by Empire Pizza. It promises to be a fun and engaging experience.
PS. I will require drivers so please let me know if you can drive and how many kiddos you can take. We will leave directly after Mass that day around 11:45ish.
We are spiraling back to revisit addition, subtraction, order of operations, division and multiplication. Students are working on solving longer calculations. We will be having a short quiz on multiplication and division.
We are writing the final draft of our ‘journey’ stories. I was pleased that so many students worked hard to develop their word choice and transitions. They also had much better fluency in this piece. We will be creating a small art project to go with this creative story.
Students will be making a portfolio the last week of school and all of their year’s work will be included in it.
Finally, we do not have time to research the Civil War.:( However, because we are learning about the Western Region, students are researching notorious characters from the Wild West, including women. They will be writing a short biography for their final writing assignment. I have never done this assignment before. It sparked a lot of discussion and enthusiasm as the students read about their bad guys and gals!
In your child’s Eagle Express, you will find their Shiloh comprehension questions. To clarify, one or two chapters of Shiloh were read each week and discussed. Students then had to answer the questions. You will notice that most chapters had only 2 questions with the exception of chapters one and two. Most students knew the answers but failed to follow comprehension guidelines: answer the question in your own words, cite text evidence to support your answer. Some students gave me evidence that had nothing to do with their answer. The evidence and answer should sound similar or match. I didn’t care too much about restating the question in this instance since students were answering directly on the worksheet.
Furthermore, I observed that students do not pay attention to the details of a story or write enough of the details to answer a question in full. As they develop and mature, comprehension skills will be honed. Reading requires focus and not speed. It also requires students to stop and think about what they are reading and to reread if they do not understand. Reading aloud also helps students develop comprehension and fluency.
Students are enjoying reading The Whipping Boy. They are practicing visualization and identifying important details. We are reading this book whole group. Students take turns reading pages aloud. They are learning a lot about medieval life. Ask them why the book is called The Whipping Boy.
Test on the West – Tuesday, May 14.
Research – Notorious Characters from the West, Biography Writing