Friday, February 26, 2016

Happy Friday!

    We started our week with the exciting news that we were beginning our Explorer research projects this week. Mr. Smith began the Social Studies unit on The Age of Exploration before the winter break. In addition, we started with a lesson to connect what the students already know and what we want to still learn about explorer.   We spent two days in the library inquiring about the topic "European Explorers Changed the World." Students worked in groups to ask questions about the topic while looking at art work focused on the time period. These questions were then analyzed by the students and categorized by their topics. Then, students worked together to put their questions into sub categories. The students soon learned that these sub categories told a story and would drive their research on their individual explorers project.

Next week we will focus on individual research after practicing how to read informational text and note taking skills.
    In Reader's Workshop, we continue our read aloud, The Liberation of Gabriel King and our work with inferencing and how the "point of view" of the author and /or characters can change the meaning of a story.

* Colonial Craft Day blue volunteer slips need to be returned as soon as possible.
* Colonial Craft Day costume information will be sent home next week.

Friday, February 12, 2016



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Friday, February 5, 2016

Researching together for essays
Happy Snowy Friday!
Enjoy your day off!

Most of our week in Writer's Workshop was spent on our persuasive essays. We have come to the conclusion paragraphs and are almost ready to edit/revise and put those final touches on our work. The students focused their work this week on finding quotes from professionals to support their thesis and make their argument that much more strong After finding these quotes, we worked on being sure to cite our sources.

inferencing writing response
In Reader's Workshop we focused on our read a-loud, The Liberation of Gabriel King. As we read, we worked on our inference skills together and individually in our own choice books. We also added "Author's Point of View" to our lessons. Students discussed how the point of view can change the tone of a book. The focus was on "first person" point of view and "third person limited" and "third person omniscient."

Students meet with their 8th grade buddies to share our Gift of Self projects and writing. We also had the opportunity to share our persuasive writing essays with our buddies. They helped the students go through an editing check list and improve their writing.
Sharing with 8th grade Buddies

* Yearbook pre-sales Feb. 8-12 $30 can be bought during lunch hour. Parents can also order on-line. Please call the office for more details. 

*  Winter break Feb. 15-19 -no school