Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 17-28

Writing
We have been consuming essays. We have read essays debating about whether we should give up our Halloween candy, if trampolines are dangerous, and if all kids should receive trophies when playing sports. The kids definitely have strong opinions to share and are learning how to support their claim. This week my focus is for students to understand how essays our structured. Students will learn the four parts of an essay: introduction/lead, claim/central idea, support points, and conclusion. We will continue to consume essays focusing on the authors opinion and their support points.

Reading
We are starting to review the genres that will be tested on the STAAR test. This week we are reviewing the characteristics of fiction. We will work on a fiction passage together. I will send home homework this week for students to practice their strategies.
Next week we will review poetry. We will read poems together and discuss what the author is saying.
Students are continuing to meet in their book clubs. They should finish their biography book club by next week. 

Social studies
We are learning the key vocabulary that comes along with Economics. We will discuss reasons why to save our money and how to budget our money. Next week we will discuss consumers and producers.

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