Newsletter 16 – 12/20/13

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On Wednesday we had…… THE VARIETY OF TALENT SHOW!! It was amazing! T.I.N. played. Also one of my very best friends sang the Cup song while cuppers (also some of my best friends were doing that) were doing it behind her. You should ask your kids about The Harlem Shake.

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Readers Workshop

There is so many things that We are learning! Also about Sharon Creech, she is the author that wrote our books. We are in the second week of our books and we are learning books that she had written and that we are very excited. Before I go, the books we are reading have characters for other books that she wrote so keep an eye out for them!

Students worked on exploring theme in children’s literature. The six main themes are: perseverance, courage, growing up, family & friends, acceptance, and compassion & empathy. We are so proud of the commitment to the book clubs, to the hard work that went into reading the books, and into the great conversations students had. 

 

Writers Workshop

In writers workshop we had a joyful week of poetry writing. We discussed rhyming couplets, simile, and concrete poems (poems that are shaped as the item they discuss. See an example below. 

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P3

Here in the  ⅘  classroom during P3 we are studying the topic gender. This topic is talking about many  things such as stereotypes about gender and etc. Connected to P3 is invitations. In invitations, what we do is we have many subtopics. For example, superheros was a topic. In invitations we have  discussions and make a product. Then you connect it to gender. For example, superhereos can connect to gender because you can try to figure out why there are more boy superhereos than girls.

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Math Workshop

In Mr. Jim’s math group this week, we finished up some of our study on data collection and presentation. We also took a post-assessment on our fourth unit. In Ms. Kalei & Ms. Pam’s math groups, we  combined for two days to do stations – surface area, 5-10 pointed stars, and fraction problem solving.

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