Happy Monday everyone! Just a couple of quick announcements to start things off.
Wednesday—Students will bring home a wish list for books at SIS’s Book Fair
Thursday—You can purchase their books on the list after conferences. It will be at the Gecko Theatre (Parkside)
Friday—STUCO Spirit Day. It’s TWINS DAY! Have your child dress up with the same clothes as one of their classmates.
Now, on to the other details for the week. Thank you to everyone who has signed up for conferences so far. Just a reminder that Thursday is a no school day for the kids. If you have not signed up yet, please do, I would love to chat with you. If you are not able to come on Thursday please send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange another time to meet. Just in case anyone is concerned about translation, Ms. Yang will be there as well to help out if need be.
What are we learning this week?
Writing: We are getting close to publishing our personal narrative stories! We are going through the final stages of revising and adding last minute details to improve our stories. Once they are done the kids will be using some digital tools to record their voices so we can share them out!
Reading: We are working on identifying story elements in the books we read. This week we are focusing on problems and solutions. Students are identifying the problem that occurs in the story, the different ways that the characters try to solve the problem, and then the final solution that they come up with. This is going to help us with our fictional writing later on this year when the kids will be coming up with their own problems and solutions for their stories.
Math: We are getting really good at solving word problems! We are using our decoding strategies from reading to help us find important information in math problems, and using lots of strategies to solve equations in different ways. We will have an assessment (don’t worry, just checking in on what we have learned so far) this week to see how everything is going, which will help us plan for after the break.
Social studies (Unit of inquiry): We will start looking at ways that we can create a final project on what we have learned in our communities unit. Students are going to be asked to create something that shows their understanding of: 1. What a community is (what it means to them). 2. What are the qualities of a good leader? 3. Name 2 or leaders in a community that you know, and explain why they are good leaders. 4. What qualities of a leader do you have (this is a personal reflection for each student). We are leaving it up to the students to decide how they would like to create their project, either on a digital tool (book creator, Poplet, iMovie, etc.), a poster, a story, a comic, basically the sky’s the limit so they can be as creative as they want! We are hoping to see some really interesting projects, so any support that you can offer at home to help them get their thoughts together on the 4 points that I mentioned would be a huge help!
Thanks everyone, see you on Thursday I hope. Enjoy next week!