I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I enjoyed spending time with some of my family in Virginia. Here are some pictures from our last week of learning:
We finished up our Paul Revere unit with some fun activities. We played PAUL-O (bingo), did a short play, and pretended that Paul Revere had a cell phone. The text message conversations were hilarious!
We finished up our soil writings. They're hanging in the hallway and look GREAT!
And on Friday, we completed our first STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activity. The challenge was to build a Mayflower ship that can hold the most cargo while floating in water. The students only had 1 sheet of aluminum foil, 1 piece of paper, 1 straw, and tape. Our cargo was quarters. It was awesome to see the teams working together to build their ships. They did a great job of adjusting their ship designs after seeing what worked and didn't work after their first test. The winning ship held over 100 quarters before sinking. Ask your child about their design.
Here is a look at what we will be learning this week. In social studies, we will begin learning about Frederick Douglass. In writing, we will be doing some "flash writing". This is where the students will be finishing a short writing in one sitting, as opposed to working on the same piece for several days in a row. We will also begin doing some research for our upcoming biographies. In math, we will finish our unit on area and then begin learning about the different properties of multiplication (commutative property, associative property, distributive property). And in reading, we will talk about poetry and the meanings of the terms stanza, verse, chapter, lines, message, & rhyme. We will also work on how to complete written answers to questions including using complete sentences and text evidence in our answers.
On Friday, our class will take a quick preview of the Holiday Shop. If you are not familiar with the Holiday Shop, this is a store that will be set up inside the school for student purchases on Saturday at 8:30-12:00. There will be many items at very reasonable prices for students to buy for their family members. There will also be activities in the cafeteria during this time.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.