~ With the start of the third trimester, we will be ramping up our expectations. From now on, papers turned in without names will be redone, writing that does not meet the content and length requirements will not be accepted... Middle School will be here before they know it, and we want to make sure they're prepared.
~ Chapel tomorrow. We are no longer doing vestry, so students do not need to be here early.
~ We have a half day on Thursday and no school on Friday due to conferences. Report cards will be available tomorrow.
~ I am planning to get at least the written portion of the unit 9 math assessment in before spring break. I'll keep you all updated if that changes.
This week in math we will be focusing on area and volume. We will be reviewing the formula for the area of a rectangle and learning the formula for the area of a triangle and a parallelogram. We will also be learning the formula for the volume of regular prisms and right prisms.
Students are now nose deep in their nonfiction reading book clubs. This week, they will be creating their interactive "thinking board" through intellectual conversations and research on their topic. Next week, students will learn how to take all that they've learned to help them discover ideas and theories surrounding their topics. In this way, students will be pushing their own thinking about the topic.
This week, student will be "flash drafting" their first essay on "The Giving Tree". Flash drafts are quick ways for students to record their claim, reasons and evidence, sort of a brainstorming session for a full essay. Students will be continuing to learn the structure of opinion essay writing as they develop pieces supporting or opposing having chocolate milk served in schools. Students will make a claim, develop reasons, and learn how to pull in evidence to support their points. Students will also learn how to include counterarguments as a useful strategy. Once these quick drafts are over, students will be tackling topics where they will read and collect evidence on their own before choosing a side and developing an essay based on that.
This week in social studies, we will be continuing to study Lewis and Clark. We will be mapping out their journey and learning about all of the struggles they faced, as well as the interesting things they found.
~ Math: POW
~ Reading Comp: "How Rocks Were Made"
~ Writing: Time For Kids debate - "Should sugary drinks be taxed?"
~ Current Event on Thursday