Monday, February 20, 2017

February 21-24

I hope everyone had a great three day weekend.

Writing
We are continuing with critiquing and revising stories. Students will work with a new story this week. We will first mark up the text and discuss what's happening in the story. Then, we will discuss what the writer did well and what needs work. We will be working with this story for two weeks. Students will then get into groups to rework the story. They will decided what areas need work and work together to add craft elements to the story.

Reading
We have our released practice STAAR next week on Monday and Tuesday. We will discuss main idea and supporting details with a non fiction text. Students will work on a non fiction passage to review the reading strategies. Students are also wrapping up book clubs. We will move into short text in small groups next week. After the released test, I will analyze the data and work on specific reading objectives in small groups.

Social studies
Students will have their second states test on Wednesday.
On Thursday, I will introduce their map project. I will go over the rubric with them and have them get started. The students always have fun with this project.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

February 13-17

Happy early Valentine's Day!

Writing
This week students will work on reworking a story from my life. Students will first critique the story deciding on what needs work. They will then get into groups to revise the story adding different craft elements. This will be a two week process. I'm hoping to hang the students new stories outside in the hall way.
In the meantime during writer's workshop, students will continue to write base stories (the base version of a story). Students will then choose one story to rework.

Reading
We are focusing on text features and their importance. We will continue to add text features to our class anchor chart. Students will then notice and label text features on their own in an informational text. Students will work on a non fiction passage on Thursday. We have our released STAAR practice coming up on February 27 and 28.

Social studies
Students will be working on their map skills. They will answer various map questions in partners or in groups. The maps will cover the five maps we are adding to the states list.