Hope you all enjoy the long weekend and we’ll see you back at OTA on Tuesday:)
Important Dates and Reminders
- April 22nd: No School
- April 24th: In class poetry competition-3 winners move on:)
- April 26th: OTA Poetry Contest
- April 29th: Field Trip to Cabrillo National Monument
- May 3rd: Grandparent’s Day, half day with early dismissal at noon
- May 4th: OTA Gala, purchase your tickets here:Gala Tickets
Daily Morning Meeting: This week our focus word was HUMILITY which is also one of our core virtues for the month. Our mantra was, “I show humility by knowing I am not always right and that is ok.” We also discussed what it means to be humble when it comes to winning whether it be a game out at recess or winning a competition in Robotics.
Reader’s Workshop: This week we practiced a variety of skills whether it be reading to gather information, analyzing characters, sequencing events or discussing our reading with book groups. We read about “The Lure of Spices” and how desired these were by the explorers-so much so that they would go to great lengths to bring these valuable spices back to Europe. After reading, we created a flip book where students were asked to gather factual information from the book about spices. They needed to turn this information in to their own writing in order to educate others about explorers and their spices.
Writer’s Workshop: We started our unit on personal and fictional narratives. We talked about what exactly a personal narrative is, how you even write one, brainstorming things that are important to us, using graphic organizers to categorize our thoughts, and zooming in on a small moment. On top of all of that, we have been thoroughly enjoying reading narratives that serve as mentor text to help us experience strong narratives written by published authors.
Math: This week has been all about comparing fractions whether we are comparing them when they have the same numerator or comparing them when they have the same denominator. When asked if a fraction like 2/3 is closer to one half or one whole on a number line, we must put strategies in place to help us decide. Some strategies we have been using are fraction strips, drawing pictures and using our understanding of fractions as parts of a whole.
Read Aloud: In “Shiloh”, Marty has been keeping a secret and it’s that he has Judd Travers’ dog, Shiloh. Now because Marty has kept this secret, his lies keep going on and on. People are getting suspicious though (like Judd Travers and Marty’s Ma) until one day, Marty’s Ma finds him up on the hill with Shiloh. Once Ma finds out, things just seem to unfold. We are thoroughly enjoying this story and the discussions we have after reading it.
Social Studies: The Early Exploration of North America unit started off with the introduction of Columbus and his first voyage to what he thought were the Indies. We find out who Columbus meets when he arrives to this “new land” (which he named La Isla de Hispaniola), how they respond to Columbus and the Spaniards who arrived with him, what Columbus has his men do when his boat, The Santa Maria, gets stranded on rocks, and how 39 men volunteered to stay on the island when Columbus and the others sailed back to Spain. Then we moved on to Columbus’ second voyage back to Hispaniola with his fleet of 17 ships. We learned what Columbus found when he returned hoping to see those 39 men and how he responded upon finding them. We found out that after Columbus’ voyages, explorations continued with men such as Ponce de Leon and Hernando do Soto. This is such a rich curriculum with incredible depth and I absolutely love how much these kiddos are involved in their learning.
Science: In alignment with our Solar System unit, we did a science activity called “How Long Can People Survive in Outer Space” where we looked at modern day explorers (astronauts) and the dangers they face traveling to space.We compared and contrasted the dangers modern day space explorers face compared to those of early explorers. Through a series of activities, students were documenting the same traits that are tracked for astronauts before and after a voyage: Push ups (muscle mass), taking 10 steps in a straight line-hands crossed over chest (balance), and measuring their height (do you get shorter or taller after a year in space?). Through observations, activities, discussions and video footage, students came to the conclusion that gravity affects our bodies and so does a year without it.
Art: Early explorers sailed across mysterious oceans with mysterious creatures. Because of this, many maps were created (not necessarily for navigation but decoration to show the monsters of the sea as described by sailors). Observing various sea monsters drawn on maps dating back to the 1500s, we noticed sea monsters resembling other creatures which led us to the discussion of why they believed these sea monsters to be true. With that, we created our own sea monsters using pastels and watercolors. I’ll share pictures of our finished creations next week!