Newsletter 19 – 1/26/14

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Hello. It was just a few weeks ago when we got off of break. I wish it was still here. In a few weeks we will  start working on our play HONK!  It isn’t as exciting as last year but it still is really exciting.  Recently we walked to the courthouse to celebrate MLK day. We sang three songs Peace Like a River, We Shall Overcome, and Singabahambayo. We also studied child activists and talked about what ‘big ideas’ we’d resolve to live this year, including: hope, peace, community, love, happiness, etc. We walked through the snow to make a big peace sign.

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Joke:

Q:What do you call a fake noodle?

Writers Workshop

We are doing a unit on American History.  Today some of us were organizing our research notes. Our research notes are about the books we are reading. Some people were using highlighters to highlight the different facts that would go into the different paragraphs. We were sorted into different groups that study different topics, and then write an essay on that topic.  The topics include:

  • George Washington

  • The Constitution

  •  Ben Franklin

  • The Declaration of Independence

  • Early Presidents

  • Early Personalities

  • Paul Revere

P3 

In P3 we finished up our gender projects – presentations/viewings TBD. Some of the posters are already hanging in the hallway outside of our classroom – be sure to stop by. We took a post-assessment on gender – and it had the exact same questions as the first one did. Some examples were: “Are boys and girls equal?; What does the term gender mean?; How should we think about gender?” On Friday we did a quick geography lesson, focusing specifically on the locations of the 50 states. 

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Readers Workshop 

Because of all of the delay hullabaloo our readers workshop days got a little hectic! We worked on making connections with a text (text-self, text-text, text-world, text-media). Using Bloom’s taxonomy, we talked about evaluative and analytically based questions. Book clubs met one time this week, and their last meetings will be on Monday and Tuesday. 

Math Workshop

This week Ms. Kalei’s group discussed area, and using the rectangle, found out how to find area of a right triangle. We talked about a ton of geometric vocabulary – symmetry (rotational and reflective), angle measures, polygon, vertices, lines, line segments, perpendicular, parallel. Mr. Jim’s group continued our work on geometry.  We have been creating geometric shapes by using coordinate points.  We have also been looking at shapes for their mathematical properties.  We have been looking at various angles, parallel and perpendicular sides and congruent shapes.  Next week we will work on reflected and rotated shapes.

Below: We have been introducing a bunch of new games and greetings in Morning Meeting. Below you’ll see the line greeting and the finger puppet greeting.

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