March 3, 2017

This week was spent getting readjusting to school life after our much deserved Spring Break!

Reading

In reading this week we have been working to strengthen our book club conversations, and analyzing the theme of a text. We all saw the importance of listening to our club members as they are speaking rather than trying to think of what we were going to say next. I am very impressed with the volume of reading that has been taking place in these book clubs.

Book Club Conversations

Read Aloud

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.

Writing

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!

Math

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!!

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