We also examined the life of the great communicator, Martin Luther King. Your child should be able to tell you what racism, segregation, and boycott mean. We acted out segregation by loading up an imaginary bus with a handful of students getting special treatment. We discussed the Montgomery bus boycott and the power of peaceful protest. After hearing Dr. King’s dream for our country, your child wrote their own dream. Check out your Seesaw account to hear your child’s speech! I am so impressed by the compassion, passion, and deep thinking I see in this class.
In math, your child took the unit 3 math test, which I will return next week. Our next unit will cover measurement, geometry, area and perimeter. Please continue to quiz your child on their multiplication facts, especially the 6-9’s.
Our social studies lens is now focused on the US government and US symbols and landmarks. Every child has a symbol or landmark to research. The “Big Idea” of this unit is: People use symbols to communicate messages, values & identity. You can help by pointing out any symbols, logos, etc. that do this. We are learning to take notes and find important details using books and online resources. Next week, I will introduce Google docs and your child will transfer their notes into a one-page report about their subject. Next week, I will also send home information and instructions about an at-home project in which your child will build a model of their symbol or landmark. More to come soon.
In writing, your child worked on their table of contents which will be the framework of their expert book. We looked at some mentor texts and discovered that “jazzy” chapter titles were more descriptive and fun, so your child jazzed up their table of contents, too. The writing has begun! We will do paper and pencil rough drafts, and then type the final drafts. Feel free to help your child research and read at home, but please leave the writing up to them,
Your child started using Keyboarding Without Tears, a great typing program they can access from home. Watch for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org which will provide your child’s secret login and an email link. I sent these out today, so let me know if yours doesn’t arrive.