Newsletter 10 – 11/3/13

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Mix it up day! On October 29, 2013, students were asked to “mix it up” at lunch and sit with someone they never have before. The 2/3 class put together questions for students to use as conversation starters, and many 4/5 students that participated came away from the experience with a new friend.

Readers Workshop

In readers workshop, we have begun our study of Historical Fiction. Many students are in book clubs for this unit. Some of the texts featured include: The War Within, Riding Freedom, Esperanza Rising, Sign of the Beaver, Summer of My German Soldier, Bud, Not Buddy, Watsons Go to Birmingham, & the Diary of Anne Frank. Many small literacy groups also started this week with Ms. Pam and Mr. Mike.

Writers Workshop

In writers workshop we are having many heated debates on a range of philosophical topics. Mr. Jim introduced several prompts this week that pushed our thinking (example: Is it better to be unique or to fit in?). Students are having some tricky times focusing on one side of the argument.

P3 Workshop

In P3, we are still in our research phase. We have about 17 research groups in the classroom, and groups are answering a set of essential questions. We will start our written pieces next week and then our constructions/visual pieces will be the toward the end of this/the following week.

Math Workshop

In Ms. Kalei’s math group we learned the standard multiplication algorithm. Students are starting group projects to represent the 3-5 major methods they have learned to do multidigit multiplication.

In Mr. Jim’s group we finished our unit on multiplication and began working with fractions and division. Students used geo-boards to discover the many ways to create 1/2.

 

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