I can’t believe we are well into the month of November. The year seems to be zipping by at lightning speed. With the holidays soon upon us, kiddos become more and more excited. This is the time of year I change things up a bit to keep students focused and motivated. See below for more details.
Things to Know:
Happening now: Collecting food items or money for St. Michael’s Pantry and the Food Bank of Southern Arizona. There is a tote outside my room to place items. Thanks in advance.
Report cards come out next week, FYI.
Monday, November 18 – Southwest Test
We continue to learn different strategies for multiplication. Students are learning to use patterns in multiplication, as well as place value, to determine the product. These strategies certainly engage students’ number sense abilities.
We are almost finished with Shiloh. We will take a break from novels until after Thanksgiving and focus on Storyworks from Scholastic. I will be showing the movie Shiloh, as well. Students will be comparing and contrasting the movie from the book.
As we continue to focus on figurative language, including muscle verbs and adjectives, metaphors, and similes. students wrote Haikus about leaves. They will be creating a small art project to go with. We will also be doing a color poem.
Next, we will be focusing on a personal narrative, as well as a creative piece for Christmas. Sentence fluency is our next stop in the 6 Traits’ curriculum and we will learn about hyperbole. Writing is like baking – we fold in many ingredients to come out with a great writing piece!
We have begun learning about the Northeast. Students learned the states and capitals and we have been discussing the history: Native Americans, Explorers, Colonists, Pilgrims, etc. This unit will take some time as it includes a lot of important information and is the foundation of understanding the formation of the USA .
I have included Maryland as part of the Northeast. Some experts place Maryland in either the Northeast or Southeast. Our publisher places it in the Southeast. Having lived in the Northeast, I’ve always considered Maryland part of that region. The Mason-Dixon line runs smack dab in the middle so it’s a tough call. Did you know that the Mason-Dixon line was marked by stones every mile and ‘crownstones’ every 5 miles? These stones were shipped from England.
Students have begun researching Pennsylvania. They will be writing an expository piece about this state focusing on organization, transitions, paragraph skills, and how to write an introduction and conclusion.
Furthermore, students chose a Northeast State and will research specific information on same. The class will be creating a “Northeast Quilt” showcasing their state with information and pictures.
We continue to learn about homophones (their, they’re, your, you’re, to, too, two, it’s, its), possessive nouns, and parts of speech.
Have a great long weekend!