Newsletter 20 – 2/17/18

Weekly Highlights

Sorry for our delays in posting – all three of us have been struck down by varying illnesses…hoping you and your kiddos are feeling happy & healthy.
Last week – students completed their biography projects! They have adorned their cubbies outside our classroom with “busts” of Change-Makers – people who saw an injustice and worked to make our world more just and better for everyone.
This week – students began another round of Invitations. The invitations have continued to focus on social justice movements that have sought to increase access to power and opportunity to those who have been kept from it. This round, students chose one of the following groups:
  • Anti-War Movements
  • Zero Tolerance & Violence at School
  • Civil Rights & Racial Stereotypes
  • Land, Sea, Air – Environmental Movements
  • LGBTQ+
  • #metoo & Women’s Rights
Last week – students studied and wrote about how the setting of the story impacts the mood of a story.
This week – students studied and wrote about how authors develop characters through various ways in a story.
Last week – students continued to push themselves to memorize more African countries with the hopes they see Africa as a place that is MORE than just a continent.
This week – students took another quiz to see how much they improved. We will have them set a new goal based on how they did and do one final push to memorize more countries than they ever thought they could!!
Last week – most students started a new spelling group.
This week – students continued work in their spelling groups to recognize spelling patterns that continue to give them (or their teachers and parents…) headaches.

Announcements

We have no school on Monday (Feb 19th). If you did not get a request for a winter conference and would like to have one, please email us. We are more than willing to meet with you to discuss the progress of your child.

Questions to Ask Your Child at Home:

  • What have you learned about linking evidence to text?
  • What invitations did you choose and why?
  • How are justice and power connected?
  • How have your classroom “habits” changed throughout the year [we did a survey about this on Friday]? What do you think are strengths and goals for you in the classroom?
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