Sunday, March 17, 2013

Room 8 Update

Reader's & Writer's Workshop
We began our Poetry Unit of Study in both Reader's and Writer's Workshop.  First, we brainstormed what we already know about poetry.  We discussed how you can hear the music in poetry.  Students also learned to pay attention to line breaks.  Understanding line breaks will not only help students read poems the way they are meant to be read but also help students write poems.  I also showed students how to mark text in order to read poetry aloud fluently.  Finally, students learned a couple of ways to write a strong ending to their poems--ending with a sound effect or a strong feeling.

Math Workshop
We have continued to learn more about fractions.  This week we focused on equivalent fractions and fractions of collections.  Students also learned how to play Name that Number.  We played with the deck of cards and on the iPads.

Social Studies
This week we started Chapter 6.  I introduced the chapter with a video clip showing how crayons are made, and students completed a "See, Think, Wonder."  Students have learned how an assembly line can make work faster.  We also learned how goods are transported.  We will finish up this chapter by Tuesday and take the chapter test on Wednesday, March 20.

Secret Readers
Students listened to Diary of a Spider and Horton Hears a Who...

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