Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thursday, 5/4/17

 Our bush beans are sprouting!  As the roots stretch and the cotyledons emerge from the soil, the class will learn how each part works... in action!

In spelling, the class played their weekly spelling review game.  This week, they earned goldfish for their goldfish bowl.  They have come such a long way in spelling, reading, and phonics this year.  I am very proud of each of them!

The Chicken Group learned how strong verbs can improve your writing.  As they read through short stories in their Signatures books, we will continue to discuss and integrate the grammar skills that they have learned this year.

The Guinea Group continued reading about Ivan and his struggle to help the young elephant, Ruby.  Their journal entries have become much more thorough and thoughtful as we make our way through the book.  Not only are we using The One and Only Ivan to reinforce grammar concepts such as direct and indirect quotations, proper punctuation, strong verb usage,  similes, and metaphors, we are also using it as a springboard for understanding deeper meanings that what is printed on the page.  Sometimes, the author does not spell everything out clearly for the reader.  I am hoping that this book, and our discussions of it, help these students to develop a more mature understanding of literature. 

The class continued to work their way through the United Nations study.  On Tuesday, they will be representing their countries as ambassadors at our United Nations Conference!

It was a rainy day today, so recess was spent indoors.  Even though it was soggy outside, we still were able to play with some cuddly animals!

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