We’ve made it through our first three weeks of school! We’ve been introducing ourselves, reading, writing, and developing our classroom culture. I’m looking forward to all the great learning we’ll do this year!
4th Grade has been busy at work reading realistic fiction to help them with writing their own realistic fiction stories in their classroom Writer’s Workshops. We’ve also reviewed adjectives so that they can add spectacular words to their writing! Students are currently learning how to develop a flow map and then to create a story using their flow map as a guide. They will begin using the computers to type their stories and to practice computer skills. Students have been working at centers to practice grammar, reading, writing, and vocabulary. The students don’t know it yet, but we’ll be starting a class garden this fall and they will have an opportunity to combine their science knowledge with real life experience! Keep your eye on this blog for more updates on our garden as it grows.
5th Grade has been busy writing memoirs in their classroom Writer’s Workshops. During EAL the students have created charts and posters to explain what a small vs. big moment is, as well as how to “show” rather than “tell” in their stories. They have begun writing small moment memoirs in EAL class. We’ve reviewed adjectives of character so that they can help their characters come to life in their writing. They’re also embarking on a teamwork project to develop a class mural. They have to use their speaking, planning, writing, art, and math skills in order to accomplish this task. Stay tuned for more!