Weekly update for January 8-12

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all had a great break/vacation and that everyone is excited about what this year might bring!

First things first, thank you to everyone who has signed up on Seesaw and taken some time to look over the work that the kids have done so far. We are getting some new ipads in the very near future so expect that there will be a lot more posts coming soon!

Just before the break we worked in collaboration with some other schools from around the world to complete a Travelling Tale. These are stories that have become more and more popular lately where 5 schools from around the world team up and each one writes a different part to the story. In the end we get one final story that has students voices and cultures from all over the world. The story started at a school in India, then went to the United States, and then Tanzania before it came to us. Once we solved the problem in the story, it was sent to an International school in Saudi Arabia where the ending was written. The kids had a blast working on this, so please take a few minutes to check it out here: https://youtu.be/DcKWICH9Knk   Unfortunately it is a Youtube link, but hopefully it will be up on the website soon and people can access it there without any problems.

Ok, onto the fun stuff. With two weeks left in our current unit students will be getting started on their non-fiction “Tell all” books this week. Students will be choosing an ecosystem or habitat, researching the different living and non-living parts, and describing how they are interconnected and interdependent. We have done quite a bit of research about this topic already, so hopefully the writing part will go smoothly with a bit of additional research.

In math this week we are continuing to work on adding and subtracting numbers within 100. Students will be introduced to two step word problems, where they will need to take the answer that they find from the first question in the problem in order to solve the second part.

Reading and writing for the next two weeks will be focusing on research for the students’ tell all books, and making sure that they are including as many non-fiction text features as they can. Of course, there will still also be a focus on editing and revising, and making sure that they are considering their audiences when they write.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to send me an email.

 

Dan

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