Friday, January 8, 2016

Wow! Our week back to school flew by with so much accomplished work. We Started our week with the beginning of a Reader's Notebook unit on Inferring. This concept can become confusing for some students as it can be very close to predicting. We discussed that in order to make an inference while reading books, we have to take what the text says and put it together with our background knowledge or as the kids learned, "schema." We discussed how we all have different thoughts about what we are reading based on our schema and the knowledge we have picked-up through our everyday lives. This is why we all relate to books differently. We also discussed that to infer, you have to "read between the lines." The author of books do not always say everything explicitly for the reader. We will be working with inferencing throughout the rest of the school year in Reader's Workshop.
     We also began our new writing unit, Persuasive essays. We learned that a persuasive essay has four main elements, the issue, your point of view, evidence to support your point of view, and examples to make your writing stronger. We had a chance to start brainstorming "What is important to us" ideas in a class web. After brainstorming, students had a chance to choose a topic that stood out to them or that they felt passionate about. They jotted their ideas down and had short conversations with each other to talk their ideas out. They will have until next Wednesday to think about their ideas and come up with a solid issue to support. If you have a chance, please ask your child what ideas they are thinking of and give them a chance to bounce ideas around. In the end, the students will write a
Our brainstorming
persuasive essay and then complete a presentation project with other students who might have like topics. These presentations will be free choice as to how they want to present and create their end result. More explanation will be explained to them in the coming weeks.

     We ended our week with an introduction to our next read a-loud, The Liberation of Gabriel King. We spent the afternoon researching and using the word liberate and liberation to really understand its meaning since it is of great importance to the story line. This is a story that takes place in the 1960's deep south with a few Jim Crow era issues. Two best friends with extremely different backgrounds learn about the world, themselves, their fears, all while preparing to go to fifth grade. 
Have a wonderful weekend!
* Math and Speech & Debate team meet on Tuesday
* 5th Intramurals on Wednesday 

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