We've had A LOT going on these last few months! Read below to learn more about the content we've been working on and enjoy some picture slideshows of some of our fun moments!
Writing: Opinion Writing
After we finished up our celebration of learning with our own "How To" Books, we were very excited to start our brand new writing unit...Opinion Writing! During this unit, students will independently plan and write a paragraph to share and explain an opinion, include an introduction and a conclusion that shows an awareness of audience, use multiple details to elaborate on and support an opinion, use several transition words, use a rubric to revisit, revise, and edit writing, and correctly use spelling, punctuation, spaces, and capitalization. The students are currently using information from a graphic organizer and will begin transferring their ideas into paragraph form. We are learning how to use the OREO model to plan ideas. OREO stands for Opinion Stated, Reasons, Examples and Opinion Restated.They are expressing their opinions by using a strong hook (or introduction), listing out all of their convincing reasons in sentence form, using transition words to jump from idea to idea and ending with a strong conclusion that re-states their opinion and gives their readers a call to action! I can't wait to see how their writing skills grow throughout this process.
Unit of Study: Personal Identity We have been working hard as we finish up our Personal Identity Unit! Over the last few weeks, we have compared and contrasted different cultures. We learned about different homes, foods, clothing and traditions that we might find in different places around the world. This was a great time to review our continents as we located these different places on the map! We’ve also spent time comparing life today to life long ago. We’ve compared and contrasted homes, communication, transportation, schools and even games! We will finish up Personal Identity next week by studying Economics (needs and wants) before transitioning into the HIGH INTEREST unit: Nature’s Patterns!
The students have had a blast working on SUBTRACTION! They are starting to see the relationship between addition and subtractions and they LOVE the fact that they already “know” strategies to help them solve problems! So far, we’ve used several of the same strategies we used in addition, such as using pictures, manipulatives, the number line and the hundreds chart. The students were thrilled to know they could use those SAME strategies to help them subtract! Have you heard your child say the word “SUBTRAHEND” or “DIFFERENCE”? We have also been discussing the correct terminology to describe the numbers in a subtraction sentence. A subtrahend is one of the numbers in a subtraction problem, while the difference is the answer to a subtraction problem! We will begin working on GEOMETRY next!
Language Arts: Exclamatory and Compound Sentences
This month, we began incorporating various grammar practices into our writing units/lessons. We practiced identifying, creating and using exclamatorysentences in our writing. Using our Close Read text, "Snowmen At Night", we practiced identifying exclamatorysentences within the story. Additionally, we practiced reading those sentences with expression and discussing why the author chose to use exclamation marks in those specific sentences. We connected exclamatorysentences to our Opinion Writing once we decided that sharing our opinions (especially about our favorite things!) should be EXCITING! The students tried adding exclamation marks to their opening opinion statements! We also practiced by reading a variety of different sentences together. As we read them, the students helped to add ending punctuation after they decided if the sentence was exclamatory (or not). The kids took it a step further and talked about how we could change both statements and exclamatorysentences into questions by adding/changing the sentencebeginnings to include question words like who, what, where, why, how, can and do!
We also learned how to identify and write COMPOUND SENTENCES! Using another Close Read text, "Henry's Freedom Box", we used sentences from the story to practice combining/making compound sentences. We used the acronym FANBOYS (for, and, nor, but/because, or, yet, so) to remember linking words that could help us connect two sentences together. We discussed how combining sentences could make our writing sound more eloquent smooth. The children also had fun figuring our which FANBOYS word to use for different sentences. HINT: They don't all work for every compound sentence!