|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|
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?