Daily Morning Meeting: This week our focus word is also one of the Core Virtues of February and that is JUSTICE. Our mantra was, “I behave in a way that is fair and equal for everyone”. We discussed this a lot in the sense of challenges we face in the classroom and out on the playground.
Reader’s Workshop: This week we focused on context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words. We took a look at an underlined word in a sentence and used different strategies to figure out the meaning of that word. This was a great practice for all of us. We also continue to meet and discuss our book club books. Each student within each book club had an opportunity to evaluate their book club. These evaluations were a good reminder that your book club is holding you accountable to the expectations and they are also noticing when you are doing a great job.
Writer’s Workshop: We continue to practice writing strong opinions and reasons for our opinion. With the introduction of the OREO graphic organizer (O=Opinion, R=Reason, E=Example, O=Opinion), we are able to organize our opinion, provide reasons for our opinion and back up our reason with an example. We practiced this strategy by reading about the lives of Ancient Romans. After reading these passages, students were presented with a question about their thoughts on the subject of Roman lives. They had to then organize their thoughts and opinion onto the OREO graphic organizer in preparation for an opinion essay.
Math: By rounding numbers, breaking them apart, or “making a ten” we can do mental math to solve addition and subtraction problems. We completed our graphing project where we had to graph information in four different ways (frequency table, line plot, bar graph and pictograph) as well as analyze that data by answering questions.
Read Aloud: We began our new book, “The Thieves of Ostia” which is the first in a series called Roman Mysteries. In this historical fiction story, we are introduced to Flavia, a young girl who lives in Ostia, the port of Rome. She lives with her father, a ship’s captain, and he has lost his beloved seal ring. Flavia sets out to find this ring and ends up with a magpie, in a tree, in a graveyard with half a dozen hungry dogs awaiting her descent. After that experience, the story begins to unfold and we are loving it! There are so many references to things we are leaning about with Ancient Rome.
Social Studies: This week we learned about the Roman Republic. Exploring this world of senators, consul, and Ancient Rome’s social classes (Patricians, Plebeians and slaves) has allowed us to practice and share our strong opinions and reasons on this topic. We also dove into the intriguing Punic Wars. Your student should be able to tell you how many Punic Wars there were between Rome and Carthage, who Hannibal was and what animals he took with him to invade Rome by traveling over the Alps, and what the Romans did to the Carthaginian’s land once they conquered them.
Lastly, we had the pleasure of meeting two Ancient Romans, Augustus and Cassia Flavian (aka my mom and dad). Augustus and Cassia taught us all about their home, Augustus’ olive oil trade business and what Ancient Roman’s ate. Augustus, a wealthy Patrician, let us see how servants prepared him for his feast as well as how he ate while reclining on his left side…there is a reason for that. Ask your student if they can tell you:) This was such a fun experience and my parents were so impressed with all of your amazing kids, their questions, engagement and most of all, their willingness to try foods of Ancient Rome.
Art: Columns are a major contribution from Greeks and Romans and have beautiful and often ornate designs. After looking at how columns were used in Ancient Rome, as well as how columns are used today all over the world, we observed the four major columns used throughout Ancient Rome and they are called: Doric, Tuscan, Corinthian and Ionic. The students sketched then traced three different types of Roman columns as step one of a very pretty art project.
Congratulations to Jonathan, Xavier, CJ C and Selma who showed us all how they use JUSTICE by behaving in a fair and equal way. Your class is so proud of you!