Friday, December 4, 2015

Measuring live lobsters
     Our writing week consisted of mini lessons on believable and important dialogue that moves a story along, great leads that grab your reader, and the use of transition words to move a story from paragraph to paragraph. In each lesson, we looked at each of these techniques from examples out our classroom library novels. By the end of the week, we started to share our writing with classmates to help each other clarify our thinking and details. Next week we will focus on paragraph breaks, how to add figurative language to our writings, and how to write an ending that will keep your reader thinking.
Collaborating on writing
 We are nearing the end of our read aloud Animal House and Iz and note taking on character traits. We will begin to write a comparison paper on two characters along with developing a character drawing on SP Studio which is a program that teaches the students how to draw caricature cartoons for their characters.

On Wednesday we went on our field trip to The Gulf of Maine Institute (see photos below). This field trip supports the students learning of biomes in Science class. It is a wonderful trip where the students are fully engaged with technology and scientific steps to solve problems such as:
* Why is the lobster population rising in Maine even though there are more lobstermen lobstering?
* How does a fisherman make money fishing and what are his expenses?
* What is plankton? How important is it to the Gulf of Maine?


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