It was a pleasure seeing you all for Family Friday! If you did go you got to see our “Do Now,” in action. Every day of the week we dedicate a quick warm up activity to get the brain thinking. Every day is dedicated to a different aspect of the curriculum. Vocabulary acquisition, spelling, responding to something we have read (*ReadWorks assignment), writing stamina, and a quote around character development. Here are some of the past and future quotes. If your child would like to bring in a quote of their liking, please encourage them to do so.
During vocabulary development we take a word and find as many words as we can using the root. For example, the prehistoric can be broken up into pre + histor + is. I can make the words- Historian, history, histories. The word replacement can be broken up into re + place + ment. I can make the words- Placemat, place, placing, placed, places.
When we discuss the ReadWorks we tend to first have them write on a post it. They write a reaction, then choose the most interesting idea to talk about as a class. They lead the discussion as they call on one another.
During writing stamina time we put a timer and I give them a prompt. They try to write as much as they can in that period of time.
- We are beginning to draft our commentaries in class this week. We will learn how to elaborate on an idea using evidence and or facts.
- We are continuing our nonfiction with an emphasis on note taking and identifying the structure of a text.