Weekly update February 5-9th

Hello everyone, I hope you’re keeping warm!  I keep hearing that winter will end soon, but I’m starting to have my doubts.

Quick announcements first of allL I posted a video to each student’s Seesaw account yesterday. It is the latest traveling tale that we helped to write along with students from International schools in Saudi Arabia, Belgium, U.S.A., and Cambodia. Check out the problem that our kiddos created! Please don’t forget that photo retakes are going on this Friday. We will be retaking the whole class photo, as well as any students who were absent the first time that the photographers were here.

On to the academic side of things.

We are continuing to work on our fluency in reading. Students will be starting to bring books home from school everyday again this week so that they will be able to practice reading aloud at home. Things that we are focusing on (aside from reading the words correctly) are things like character voices, noticing punctuation, and speed. Students should be changing their voices depending on the situation in the story.

We continue to work on writing opinion letters during writers workshop. Students are focusing on not just thinking of their opinion on a subject, but also backing up their opinion with at LEAST three reasons to support it. If you would like to help them work on this (and annoy them a bit) keep asking them my favourite question whenever they tell you their opinion: “Why?” If you ask them this at least three times to help them think of reasons to support their opinion, they will really be reinforcing what we are teaching in class.

In our Unit of Inquiry we will be taking what we learned from our field trip last week and going further by looking at cities in the past and the present to think about how, and why they changed. We will also continue to look at Shenzhen as our main focus to help the students notice the changes in their own environment a little more closely.

In math we are going to wrap up our data collection and graphing unit. Students will be working on collecting their own data, and then analyzing and interpreting it to compare and contrast their information. Learning some strategies about how to make sure that the students collect data from everyone has been helpful to make sure that we all end up with the same number of data points. The kids had some great ideas about how to make sure they didn’t miss anyone while collecting their data!

That’s it for this week! As always, any questions or comments you may have are always welcome!

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