Reading: Our shared reading mini-lessons have supported our writing instruction. We have been reading many persuasive books and discussing the convincing reasons used to defend an opinion. We have been examining the ways that authors choose to begin their persuasive books and determining if the beginning would be considered bold or boring. Our shared reading mini lessons will continue to focus on identifying strong reasons in persuasive books as well as learning information about Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be making inferences and determining the meaning of some of his quotes as well as reading non-fiction books to gain a better understanding of his contributions.
Writing: Opinion writing is the focus for the 3rd nine weeks. We began with some debates where students had to give reasons to support their opinions. For example, would you rather have the ability to fly or the ability to turn invisible? They brainstormed reasons with peers who shared the same opinion, had a mock debate to defend their thinking, and wrote their own reasons on graphic organizers. We also learned about some different bold beginnings. We focused on beginning with a single word, a sound, an interesting fact, an opinion, or a question. We will continue to work on writing reasons to support an opinion and strengthening the beginnings and endings of a piece of writing.
Spelling: Next week will be different spelling patterns for the vowel o.
Math: Since returning to school, we have been focusing on adding multiple double digit numbers. The students can use any strategy to add all the numbers together. It has been wonderful to see the students applying their previous learning in different ways. Many children solve the problems in completely different ways, and we've been learning a lot from each other. We will continue to work with adding multiple numbers next week with a focus on adding multiple numbers within a word problem. We will also be talking about reading a word problem very closely to determine if any of the information is not needed to solve the problem.
Social Studies: We started learning about Martin Luther King Jr.'s contributions last week, and our study will continue through January 16th. The students are currently rotating among 6 different stations where they are learning new information about his contributions. They are completing crossword puzzles with related vocabulary, using the computer to research, reading books, creating books, sequencing events from his life, and writing about his dream.