Mrs. Green's Class Newsletter
I hope you all had a wonderful winter break and enjoyed a few extra "cold days" last week. We have jumped right back into our studies and have already taken two tests since returning! Those that completed the hot cocoa reading challenge over break enjoyed some hot cocoa and marshmallows during independent reading on Tuesday.
We had a great time on our field trip to The Grove on Thursday as well. The weather cooperated and the students had a first-hand experience on what it was like during the pioneer days. They worked hard today to collect wood, make candles, prepare their own meals, churn butter, use a loom, and even wash their own dishes! All in a days work for a young pioneer. Thank you Mrs. Slater and Mrs. Slaman for join in us and to the Hillyard family for baking the Snickerdoodles, and the Reynolds family for making cornbread. They were enjoyed by all!
Enjoy your long weekend!
Mrs. Green and Mrs. Johnson
In Reading this week, we continued identifying the text structures used in non-fiction texts. The students used the text structure to help them write a one sentence main idea. Then, they practiced supporting the main idea using text evidence as well as their own thoughts. We also compared fiction and non-fiction on the same topic and analyzed why an author might choose to use one genre over the other.
In Writer's Workshop this week we talked about Op-Ed pieces. "Op-Ed" stands for "opposite the editorial." We read several examples of Op-Ed pieces and the students came up with components that an Op-Ed piece must have. They than began brainstorming topics that they had an opinion on. They chose a topic, came up with a claim, or thesis, and began researching.
In Social Studies this week, we finished our unit on American Government. We are now traveling West! In 1803, Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from France. The students learned about this amazing real estate deal and how it doubled the size of our country. They are now learning about the incredible journey of Lewis and Clark and their contribution to Westward Expansion.