Friday, April 10, 2015

Reading for theme
Happy Friday!
     Our week flew by and before we knew it, it was Friday. We started our week with a lesson with Ms. Stuhr on research websites for our Great American projects. She showed us a few sites that we can access through our library web page. These research sites are written at a middle school level and easy for us to navigate. 
     In our Reader's Notebooks, we continued reading for the theme of a story using many different picture books for practice. We learned how to choose a topic for a theme based on the details in our books and then how to write out the actual theme with the topic idea. We will continue to work with "theme" through next week. 
     Until we begin our Great American essay writing, we continued this week to focus our writing practice on effective paragraphs. Our mini lessons centered on "grabber" topic sentences, details to support details, use of the thesaurus/new vocabulary, and transition words to help the flow.
     Next week, we will begin to look at character traits that make a Great American. We will practice reading a biography together to learn how to take notes on character traits.
REMINDERS:
* Career Fair Wed, April 15th   
   Students will visit guest 
   speakers to learn about
   different careers.
* Spring Break begins on
   Thursday, April 16th at 2:30.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Friday!
Makerspace fun!
     What a busy week! We started our week with Google research lessons with Mr. Arsenault to prepare to start our research on our Great Americans. He helped us learn how to focus our research on key words and to recognize a trustworthy site. 
     On Tuesday, we participated in "Makerspace" in the library. We got to use our imaginations to create wonderful inventions/art out of everyday junk...What great fun! Check out some of us creating in the pictures. 
     Come Thursday, we spent most of Language Arts browsing Great American Biographies. We each made a favorites list of who we might want to learn more about. We will be looking at the kind of character traits that a Great American might have.We will find out who our Great Americans will be on the Monday that we return from Spring break. April 27th will be our big kick-off day for our projects. 
     On Friday we got to meet with our 8th grade buddies to hear all about Muscular Dystrophy from Jarod Conant's dad. After, we spent time with our buddies as they shared their 8th grade parody writing.
     In our Reader's notebooks this week, we continued our focus on finding the theme of a book and understanding how and why a character changes over the course of the story. We also continued paragraph practice writing to prepare for our Great American essays.
Have a wonderful weekend!