- I will be out of town this Friday. Mrs. Boutte will be subbing all day. Please contact her if you need anything.
- Culture crew t-shirts available for pre-order now through April 4. Please go to http://lslanguage2.weebly.com/ and click on "Culture Crew" to place your order. Let's celebrate all we are doing to make the Lower School "No Place for Hate", as designated by the Anti-Defamation League! If you have any questions, please contact Mallorie Fonseca.
- Wednesday will be a blue and white NUD in honor of Autism Awareness Day.
This week we will be studying the Industrial Revolution. We will see some short videos on the Industrial Revolution and begin our inquiry into different inventions that came out of the Industrial Revolution. It's not enough to simply discover what was invented, we must also some time to think critically about how that invention changed life for Americans. The end goal is to create a ComicLife- where students mix content, graphics, and technology to teach the audience about their chosen topic. I will post them online for everyone to enjoy when they're complete!
We are starting Unit 9: Coordinates, Area, Volume, and Capacity this week. In this unit, students will practice plotting points on a coordinate grid and be introduced to transformations of figures in a plane. The are of rectangles will be reviewed and then used as a starting point to find areas of triangles and parallelograms. Volume and capacity concepts are also reviewed and extended.
I have been VERY impressed with the deeper level of thinking and discussion that has been occurring in our nonfiction book clubs. Ascertaining the larger themes that run through historical events and/or people is not an easy task. This week, students will be putting everything they've learned into a presentation to share with their classmates and possibly another 5th grade class. This week we will be learning what goes into a good presentation, both the visual side and the presentation side.
Due to a few unforeseen events last week, we did not get as far in the "Chocolate Milk Essay" as I planned. Therefore, we will be continuing to work on that this week. For writing homework, students will be writing another essay on a limited topic of their choosing. I have provided independent text sets on Google Drive. Students should login and look under, "View" > " Writing" > "Research Based Argument Essay" > "Independent Research Texts". There they will find all the information they need to choose a topic, research, and write their essay. They should refer to the "Charts" document for guidance. Since this should take more than the one hour of weekly writing, I will allow them to use two nights of "reading" to work on this, one for research and one for their outline. Everything should be done in Drive. Next week, I will be checking their notes and outline, as well as the final essay. Please encourage your student to start on this early in the week.
- Reading Comprehension: "Pandora"
- Writing: See writing section above
- Students may work on their Industrial Revolution Comic Life at home
- This week's vocabulary words are homophones. http://quizlet.com/_nqaai