Newsletter 30 – 4/29/16

Weekly Highlights

This week we finished up our writing unit on revision. Students needed to have pieces in by Friday, though we know a few will still be coming in this week due to absence. We will celebrate this writing on Friday at 8:45am if you would like to come in!

We also worked on wrapping up our Medieval unit which Mr. Jim sent an email home about over the weekend. Students worked on brainstorming an action based on a current event or problem.

The other work of the week was around agreements and making our community stronger. As a whole class, we brainstormed challenges we are facing as far as agreements, accountability, and classroom structures with literacy, cpr, dismissal, and room rescue. We came up with several actions based on student responses including fewer/no take a breaks, rather different kinds of reminders that help student understanding, combining reading and writing into one block, and signing up for class jobs rather than having them assigned.

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In anticipation of our upcoming Biography unit, we will be traveling to the library on Thursday (hopes) and Friday (dreams) of this week.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • How did it feel to take the reading assessment on your book club book? Did you have trouble with any of the ideas (symbolism, author’s message, power, etc.)?
  • What changes did you advocate for in the small group meetings you had about changing the agreements, class schedule, and how you hold one another accountable?
  • How are you feeling about being DONE with your writing piece ?

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