I can tell we are getting closer to Spring Break and the children are excited, however there is still so much more to learn and explore before that can begin!
This week our reading story is Wolf Island. This narrative nonfiction story examines the implications of any change within our animal kingdom's food web. The reading skill of the week is inferring facts from context, as well as identifying various causes and effects found in this story. The children will continue to be given differentiated reading assignments based on their NWEA RIT scores. They will also be assigned a cause and effect graphic organizer to complete as practice so their Friday assessment.
Please continue filling in the nightly reading log. The third quarter Just Read sheet will be due next Tuesday- April 4th.
Our spelling pattern of the week is homophones (same spelling & sound but different meanings- well, rose, tire), the long u sound spelled ue & ew.
Our final expository (informational essay) will tie into our current social studies Civics Unit. They will use our class anchor chart to share information about the Three Branches of Government and to explain the important responsibilities of each. I use a writing rubric to assess each student's work. The following items will be assessed- using a lead and topic sentence, use of transitions, elaborating on each branch, organization of support, and providing a conclusion.
In social studies we are examining a very old Patriotic Song dedicated to our flag- The Grand Old Flag. Students will infer the meaning of the song and answer questions about the song's importance.
You might have noticed that your child did not write in their Family Journal this week. Instead, your child was given the opportunity to write to former Vice-President Joe Biden. They are writing and editing their letters which will be sent to his D.C. office (I have a friend who works in it). Hopefully we get a response to some of their questions!!!
In our science unit, Structures of Life, we have done several experiments using different types of seeds. We are using a Mini-spouter to soak dormant seeds in order to begin the germination process. Currently, we are germinating sunflower, pea, popcorn & bush bean seeds. After that we will use hydroponics to grow these seedlings using only vitamins and water to make them grow into larger and stronger plants.
As you can see...there is so much to explore in the next two weeks!
Your assigned scheduled conference time will be stapled into your child's current assignment notebook page on Wednesday.
I hope you have a wonderful week! Hopefully we will see the spring flowers sprouting soon!
With appreciation- Mr. Rosenstiel