Newsletter 11 – 11/10/13

Math

In Mr. Jim’s math group this week, we were building fractions and looking at equivalent fractions. We explored different methods of solving division problems. In Ms. Kalei’s group we did group presentations on several different multiplication strategies.

Writers

In writers workshop we finished off our work on examples, we learned about using anecdotes, historical references, and literary references to bolster and support our reasons. Students experimented with several interesting prompts – “Is it necessary for people to combine their efforts with others in order to be most effective?”

Readers

In historical fiction we are exploring the question “What historical problem is your character facing?” and asking students to support their answers with evidence from the text. They have had a few mini-conversations with folks in their same reading groups. Some readers have moved onto a second historical book and we are excited for everyone to explore choices throughout this unit.

P3

Our big BIG work right now is in P3. We are pulling together our projects. This week, Mr. Jim explained the requirements of the written piece for P3, making a four-six paragraph paper that explores how our through lines relate to  climate change. As students start to turn their hard work into writing, we will be using our visual arts time to prepare our visual and constructive projects. Our “due date” for this unit is going to be on Friday, November 15th.

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