Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday Fun!
Week 6

Happy Friday!
     This was a long and busy week with school work and more NECAP testing. We are officially done with testing this Fall and can now move on to uninterrupted learning. 
     We started our week continuing our book review writing. Most of our focus was on writing a plot compared to writing an introductory summary. Students worked hard at typing and completing their reviews. This was also our second week of Wordly Wise vocabulary work. Between our testing we were also able to work on our narrative pieces which had been put on hold for a while due to testing. The kids have so much enthusiasm for writing and it shows in their work. Our work this week has focused on a seed moment told with sensory imagery. Next week we will focus on "great leads." 
Book Review work
     In the last few weeks, most of our reading work has been working on Standard one: Supporting your thinking using details from the text. We have practiced inferencing and writing about theme while including details from text. We will be moving on to standard three: Comparing one or more characters in a story and how they grow and change over time in a story. As we learn these good reading traits, the students will have many opportunities to practice through the year with all of their novel reading.

     We ended our week with a visit from Ms. Vincenzi. She spoke to us about participating in "Letters to Uganda." We will be writing letters to students in a school in Uganda. These are refugee students who had to leave their homeland due to war. Ask your children to fill you in on the details of what they learned form Ms. Vincenzi.  This is a school wide activity. HMS has helped these children each year with clothes, school supplies, and more. 
*Please be sure to check your email for the conference sign-ups. Mr. Smith's homeroom-this is an option.
*No School on Monday 10/14

Have a relaxing weekend!

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