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.

IMG_0152 IMG_0153 IMG_0154 IMG_0155 IMG_0156 IMG_0157 IMG_0158 IMG_0159 IMG_0160

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 ?
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s