What a wonderful week we’ve had. Students have worked hard and supported our Valenkinds Sales.
The role of water during erosion.
Students explored and researched Texas Missions and understand the reasons why missions were built and what their purpose was.
We will finish our geometry unit on Monday.
We will start our measurement unit on Tuesday and students need to bring an item of capacity for our measurement museum. This could be anything that measures using pints, gallons, quarts, cups and oz. They have until next Thursday to bring this in.
Students are able to determine figurative language while reading a piece of literature. Students are also taking time to let novels reveal history while reading their historical fiction books. As we dig deeper into historical fiction, students realize it is important to notice that “trouble is brewing” and pay close attention to the setting and characters. We are now focusing on minor characters and small moments and objects that lodge into big ideas.
We have started Esperanza Rising as our read aloud. Wonderful historical fiction set during the Great Depression and life for Mexican migrant workers in California.
Next Tuesday, we will finish our second book club book and students will celebrate on Wed. They can bring an artifact to celebrate their book club.
We shared our literary essays that we completed in a camp setting and will finish our second lit essay next week. You should see their writing! I'll send home writing folders next week for you to see the transition.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Thank you to all those that donated to Brother Bills! We had 100% participation from our class. The students had such a great time packing an individual bag for the families in need. They also helped with loading up cars with the donations. What a great community project!
Don't forget to have your child sign up for the Geo Bee. I sent information out earlier this week. I will also send a follow-up today.
Thank you,Mrs. Garvey for being our Friday Reader today!
We completed our multiplication unit this week with a unit test. Please have your child log on to Pearson Math and show you how they did. It will automatically assign them practice tasks if they missed any strands. We have started division and students participated in a Math Congress today to show what their understanding is with division.
Students are continuing to work on their expository writing. We've looked at anecdotes/mini stories which make our expository stronger and more personal. We discussed how adding Café Squidd to their writing will help tremendously. C=Comparisons A=Anecdote F=Facts E=Examples S=Statistic QU=Quotations I=Illustrated words D=Details D=Descriptions. I love seeing how they grow as writers. Remember, good readers become great writers.
As we dive into nonfiction reading, you should see your child reading and be stopping to jot notes from their nonfiction reading. This type of nonfiction reading is where we are learning from the information we read. Students understand text structures and what it means to preview their nonfiction reading.
Students finished Native American research paper and project. We were able to start our presentations and will continue next week. We are working with a 7th grade (they also study Texas History) class from MIS regarding our projects. Students will share their presentations with Ms. Riddel's class at MIS and receive feedback on their presentations.
Students are continuing to learn about the food web and finished dissecting owl pellets to create a skeleton of the bones found in their pellets. They are now understanding transpiration in plant life.
Have a beautiful weekend!