This week we started reading The Gods of Manhattan. This book was recommended by Mrs. Schrade, and a favorite of Mrs. Eldeen, so I'm confident that it will be a great one! It is a much lighter take on historical fiction, and it relates perfectly to our Social Studies inquiry on the History of New York State.
This week in writing students began to generate ideas for their literary essays on the book Fox. They each wrote a few possible thesis statements, and then started culling evidence and quotes from the text that support their ideas. Students were able to take these pieces of evidence and write paragraphs that will be a starting point for their essays!
Division!! This week we worked hard to master long division! We began by reviewing the parts of a division problem and the proper terms for each. Then we broke down the problems into partial quotients. This helps students to understand that they are breaking down the whole number into many groups. Today we began working with the traditional long division algorithm. I was super impressed with the growth mindset that I saw from most students. They were all up to the challenge!!