October 20 - Daily Update
We enjoyed our Class Party! Many students played board games, some students enjoyed drawing, others played "Mafia" with Buck as the leader, and still others enjoyed singing as Amelia played the ukulele. It was fun for me to see the students play!
Growing Great - Students played a game to review their knowledge of previous years about healthy eating. The kids really do remember a lot from earlier Growing Great lessons!
Social Studies - Students are learning about Christopher Columbus, an Italian sea captain who sailed for Spain. Columbus knew about Portugal's efforts to reach the Far East by sailing around the southern tip of Africa. His idea was that the most direct route to the Far East was to sail west across the Atlantic Ocean. He did not know the correct circumference of the earth, and certainly didn't know that North and South America existed and might block his way! He convinced Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain to fund his expedition.
Math - Today our focus was on writing numerical expressions from words, and vice versa. We also continued our review for Tuesday's test.
Writing - Today's teaching point was that good writers tell the most important parts of a story in a step by step fashion, showing all of the narrator's small actions, thoughts, and reactions. Students took a small moment memory and practiced writing these tiny steps to stretch out the suspense and show the heart of a story.
Reading - Today's teaching point was that strong readers start noticing the main character's inner struggles at the beginning of the story. We read more of The Home of the Brave, and discussed that one of Kek's inner struggles is that he wants to fit in but he doesn't feel comfortable in his new country. Students journaled about Kek's inner struggles. They then continued to read their Book Club book while looking for their character's inner struggles. They met with their Book Club to share their ideas.
Students will need to access Google Classroom this year. The instructions for several ways to access Google Classroom are on the Tech Links page of this website.