Newsletter 12 – 11/20/15

Weekly Highlights

We finished watching Inside Out and worked on some stations. Some students came up with a list of the emotions that guide them most often, while others spent time creating personality islands. A handful researched the science behind the film.

We had our publishing party on Friday morning. All students completed a personal narrative for our first unit of study together!!! We worked to build tension in our stories and articulated the lesson we learned from our experiences.

Readers have been working in book clubs. A few texts have finished their comprehension work (or are almost done…) and may be moving onto project work soon. We encourage students to read and write over break, but their only “official” work will be to complete reading/writing for book clubs.

Students brought the issue forward, and in current events this week we discussed the shooting in Paris and surrounding conflicts. We talked a bit about the refugee crisis in Syria and weighed “pros” and “cons.”

Our class play, Jump n’ Jive Juliet is on January 26th, 2016. We’ve replaced our usual transition music with music from the show to help students remember the lyrics. They’ll need to focus on studying their lines (if they have them) in coming weeks.

We went and saw one of the performances of the 1-2 show SWAMPED. 5/6 students were so very excited to see their book buddies on stage. They sang along and even connected the songs about growing up and changing to our recent health unit.

 

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