We are wrapping up our comprehension monitoring unit and read aloud of the book Hoot. The kids are absolutely loving the story and employing comprehension monitoring strategies from our toolkit beautifully. Written response journals are available to look at any time in the classroom :)
We will dive in to a non-fiction unit and begin to talk about the upcoming May MSP test, and how to access the nonfiction selections that will be presented! The focus will be on how and why we approach reading nonfiction, using text features to help our comprehension, and how this type of writing is similar to and different from fiction text.
We have wrapped up our fiction writing unit. Students recorded themselves reading their stories using a rubric co-created in class. Check them out on their e-Folios! (Note: a few have yet to record/upload).
We will parallel our reading unit as well as incorporate our science unit and begin nonfiction writing!
Yearlong goals of fact mastery, problem solving, and review of past concepts will be ongoing.
We began a introductory fraction unit today-yahoo! I have some great strategies to make fractions accessible. The focus will be building a foundation as may upper grade students struggle with fractions to do a lack of deep foundational understanding.
We have begun our Plan Growth and Development Unit! We will be growing our own plants, pollinating using freeze dried bees, and studying many aspects of the plant kingdom! We will connect to our nonfiction writing and write about our learning from this unit. Science Notebooks are used heavily in this unit. Each entry will be given a rubric score evaluating aspects such as organization, content, completeness, etc.
As our plants grow and we work on nonfiction, we will be really diving in to word study! Students will work with words to advance their spelling and vocabulary development.