This week, your child was a poet, author, and a scientist!
Kiddo funded poet Terri Glass led the students into the world of similes, metaphors, and descriptive words. Your child wrote about the sea and the creatures that live there. Such beautiful work!
In writing, your child learned how to revise writing to include descriptive words and how to edit using traditional editing marks. These are two critical parts of the writing process that may be new to your child. I blew up a balloon to demonstrate how writers take a small ‘seed’ story and with revising and editing, grow it into a full, ripe ‘watermelon’ story. As a class, we created a Writing Process comic/poster to describe all the steps. You may want to ask your child what step they are on now…it’s complicated but we are working our way towards becoming published authors. Our class has the writing FEVER and it warms my heart that they are begging to write each day!
In math, your child practiced their multiplication facts (2’s,5’s,10’s, 1’s, 0’s) for speed. PLEASE practice these with your child at home. Flashcards are great, or quizzing in the car, logging onto Reflex Math from home. We also explored mass using grams and kilograms using a pan balance. The benchmark items we are using to keep the two straight are that a gram has about the mass of a paperclip, and a kilogram has the mass close to a full water bottle.
Thank you for providing your child with info about their chosen name for our Name Jar book project. The kids used their notes to write a short essay about their name, and then had a chance to read it to the class. I saw such pride and love as the children read their name essays aloud. We even had some eerie and “magical” fun as I pulled student names from our own “name jar”, be sure to ask.
In science, we learned that the world has not always been the way it is now. Whales in the middle of the United States? Jungle fern growing in Antarctica? You bet! As a class, we looked at fossils found around the world to help us determine what that habitat may have been millions of years ago. Later, we took a close look at our own teeth and mapped out canines, incisors, and molars. Your child ate a few snacks (baby carrot, dried apple, and a pretzel) to discover the job of each type of tooth. Today, your child put on the hat of a scientist as they sketched one of 8 real animal skulls using scientific sketching skills (accurate, big, colorful, detailed, explained). Based on the structure of the skull and the type of teeth, your child made inferences about the kind of animal it might be, the type of food it may eat (carnivore, herbivore, omnivore), and whether it was predator or prey. The kids are really enjoying this inquiry-based unit which I am teaching using the IB (International Baccalaureate) framework.
For fun your child can log onto Dance Mat Typing any time to practice keyboarding at home!