Friday, April 8, 2016

Explorer Interactive map created by students
Happy Friday!
It's been a busy week!
     In Writer's Workshop, we had a chance to share our explorer interactive maps and the research and writing that each student worked so hard on. Please ask your child to go online and share with you. Students also reflected through writing and class discussion about how "Explorers Changed the World." 
     Just as we finished our Age of Exploration, we began reading about Great Americans to begin our "Great American" projects. Students had a chance to look at a list of biographies and write down their top five choices. The Dolphins will be reading and learning about Great Americans born during 1874 to 1901. The Geese will be reading and learning about great Americans born during 1834-1873. All of the students will find out which Great American they will be reading and building their project on after spring break. A packet of information will be coming home at that time. This packet will outline the project and and due dates for the many pieces that make up the complete project. Most of the writing and research will be completed at school with the creative craft fun happening at home. The focus of these projects and essays will be on the character traits that helped these individuals become Great Americans.

Research and written by students for their maps
     In Reader's Workshop we finished our read aloud of Gabriel King and began discussing the "theme" of a book. In our Gabriel King book, we discovered that our two main characters Gabe and Frita realized that a person can overcome any fears you may have when you have people that love you. We will continue to work with the theme of a book as we ready our selves for our next read aloud. The students will also begin writing in their Reader's Notebooks about the theme/message that they find in their independent reading books.

* Spring Break- our last class before spring break is Thursday, April 14.

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