I apologize for the lack of blog posts–the third trimester definitely gets a little crazy!
A HUGE thanks for all of the amazing teacher appreciation gifts! I had been bombarded with cards, letters, food, and gifts this week, and I feel so grateful to work with such wonderful students and parents.
It’s been an exciting month! We started April with student-led conferences–a big thanks to everyone for coming in! I know each student was excited to give you a peek into a bit of what we do each day, and I hope you came away feeling proud of your child and their accomplishments this year!
What’s Been Happening in 2HE:
Writing: Now that we’ve finished up our Expert Book masterpieces, we are moving on to writing about reading. We’ve studied Fact vs. Opinion, and students wrote opinion pieces on things they love, giving several reasons and specific examples on why they are the best! Students have began to incorporate specific persuasive language and are writing very powerful arguments, such as whether or not we have should homework and if the Shanghai Zoo should close down.
Then we began looking at our favorite books and writing letters to our classmates telling them which characters are the best, which parts are their favorite, and which illustrations they liked. We will continue this opinion writing during the next few weeks, getting students to write about what they are reading and share their own opinions with reasoning.
Reading: We started our Book Series and Book Clubs unit. Students chose one series to read for a week and then have been assigned two different series that they shared with their book clubs. We have working on growing conversations and what book club discussions look and sound like, as well as learning about various topics of discussion such as characters, inferences, problem and solution,
author’s craft, and the author’s message.
As a class, we read all 8 books in the Mercy Watson series! We celebrated Mercy, one of our favorite characters, by having her favorite snack–hot toast with a great deal of butter on it!
Math: We have been focusing on mental math—being able to add and solve 2 two-digit numbers problems in our head and not needing to write out a solution to solve. Then we have been extending our known math strategies to even bigger numbers and composing and decomposing numbers to 1,000. We’ve also had a few introductory lessons on American coins and the best strategies to add coins.
Both Module 4 and Module 5 assessments were given, and the combined IPP for those units will be sent home next week.
Science: We finished our study of landforms and bodies of water and have moved on to focusing on soil erosion. We learned about topsoil and how little of our planet is actually covered in usable soil, and we researched various ways to prevent soil erosion from happening.
The class even created an erosion demonstration involving cookies and milk!
We walked to the river next to the school to look for signs of erosion and take note of what the land looks like when it meets the water.
The class then watched a video from Farmer JP in New Zealand, who needed help to stop his soil from eroding while planting crops. After researching various erosion prevention methods, each student worked in a collaborative group to develop and test a model that stopped soil erosion on the plains, hills, or mountains. They then wrote him letters to explain their method, how it worked, and why it was best.
During earth week the class planted flowers outside near the playground. Check out the new colorful garden next to the playground.
We also walked in the Relay for Life with our grade 5 buddies! Our goal was 80 laps as a class, and we came really close!
- The May/June calendar was sent home this week—please reference it for all important dates until the end of the school year!
- Next week we will go on a walking field trip around Zhudi Town. Please sign the permission slip that was sent home today and return it on Monday.