First off, thanks for all my lovely Valentine wishes and chocolate! Oh my goodness, I will really need to do Zumba every day for the next few weeks! Thanks for making me feel special. There are highs and lows in teaching, and it’s times like these that help a teacher keep going. Love to all.
Things to know:
• Rodeo Break is next week. Enjoy some family time and hopefully, relaxation.
• Re-enrollment contracts are due back before March 1.
• Love of Reading Week – March 5th – stay tuned for details.
• We continue to work on sentence fluency, organization, word choice and conventions.
• Students will be writing an expository piece about the Iditarod research they are currently doing.
• Students will be learning how to write an introductory paragraph outlining the information that will be included in their text. They will continue to learn how to take researched information and paraphrase it into their own words. This shows comprehension of material.
• Studnets will be following a musher throughout the race. We are also hoping to write a letter to the musher.
• Students are writing back to their pen pals in Pennsylvania.
• We are reading Sign of The Beaver and interacting with the book to develop comprehension. Reading is an active not a passive activity. Students need to be thinking about what they are reading all the time: connect, predict, question, infer.
• Students were given instructions on a book report due Friday, March 17th. It is a pizza-shape book report. It will be easier for students to cut the triangle shapes and work on them individually, then create the circle pizza. Only 6 slices of information is required. However, some students inquired whether they can make an 8-slice pizza and add pictures or more information. Absolutely! It is preferred if the information is typed up. If this is not possible, then I will accept neat ‘printing’ for this project because the space will be small. Students must read a Newbery Award winning book at their reading level! Again, if they can’t read or understand 5 words on a page, then the book is too difficult for them. I can also supply two large sheets of paper if students require the supplies.
If you or your child have any questions about this report, please have them come to me for clarification.
• Students are learning about the Iditarod and will be writing an expository text about same.
• We are also beginning to learn about the West – our last region.
• I apologize for returning the Arizona Projects so quickly. We ran out of room in our class to put Valentine materials and the projects. I did grade them and a rubric with a grade will be in your child’s Eagle Express. We had an opportunity yesterday to play the Arizona games created by students. It was a lot of fun. I hope they learned a lot, not only about Arizona, but how to be creative, synthesize/paraphrase information, and the logistics of putting together a project.