August 19, 2013
Hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.
In Reading class, I introduced the new novel we are going to read, The Giver, by Lois Lowry. If you click on the above video, you will be able to see the book trailer for The Giver. This book is a John Newberry Medal winner for the most distiguished contribution to American Literature for children. First, we discussed the difference between fiction and nonfiction literature. I showed examples from books in the class and groups discussed what category the book should go under and why.
For each chapter, we will have journal entries in our Reading spiral notebook, vocabulary words, and group center work to reinforce the reading. The journal entries for the day are worth 10 points, for a total of 230 points, as there are 23 chapters in the book. The journal entries will include the author's purpose, context clues, predictions, inferences, and more. I will always model what I wish to see in the spiral notebooks and give time in class for writing and discussion.
If any of you are able to go above and beyond the schools supply list, we are need of several copies of The Giver, by Lois Lowry. Thank you so much for your help and support.
For Math, last week and this week, we reinforced our knowledge of place value with whole numbers and decimals, which is Topic 1. Students learned how to write the numbers in word form, expanded form, and standard form. Last Friday, for the last 30 minutes, students were able to have groups of two, game centers, to help strengthen their knowledge of the objectives with some fun. Next, we will learn how to estimate, then add and subract decimals in Topic 2, and learn about the properties.
Please remember that this Wednesday is a half day and students are to be released at 12:20.
Thank you so much for sharing your children with me, we are having a wonderful start to this new school year.
Peralta Trail Elementary School