Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dec. 12-16

Sorry I haven't updated lately. I think things just caught up with me.
If I don't see you this week, I hope you all have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Writing
The students have been finishing up their SFML's. I've made it a point to conference with every student on their rough drafts to give last minute comments before their final copy. For their final copy, I expect students to write in paragraphs. I'm looking for clear structure and attempting to put in the craft elements we have been studying in class. This week, we will critique a SFML. I'm hoping students will see where the story needs work and how we can work to make the story better.

Reading
Student started book clubs last week. It's nice to see them manage their own books clubs. Students are expected to determine how they are going to anchor their thinking, set a goal for the next time they meet, and have something to bring to the discussion. I've been impressed hearing the students have inferences and discussing what is reasonable for their next goal.
For their mini lessons, we have been learning about poetry. Students are expected to know what a narrative, lyrical, humorous, and free verse poems. We have also been noticing the figurative language poets use in their writing. I would ask your child what they know about similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia, etc. Some students have even added this figurative language to their writing.

Social studies
We have been learning about the following people: Benjamin Banneker, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Pierre L'Enfant. Students are working on making a book about these people this week. Their project will be due on Friday.