This Week in Room 120

Week of April 29, 2013

Reader's Workshop

Book Club meetings went very well last week! The students are excited about the books they are reading and loving the chance to share their thinking that they've collected while reading independently.

Reader's Workshop this week:

Monday- Readers have strategies for refreshing their understanding of a text when they revisit it. This is very important because the students are sometimes reading multiple books at one time.

Tuesday - Readers have strategies for understanding the meaning of words and phrases when the author uses irony or sarcasm.

Wednesday - Readers have strategies when they come to large or unknown words in a text.

Thursday - Readers have strategies for processing long sentences. The students will learn about carrying the meaning through as they process the entire sentence.

Friday - Readers have strategies for processing long stretches of descriptive language to help visualize the author's main idea.

Writer's Workshop

We will be working on a variety of things this week in Writer's Workshop. The students will be busy writing all week long!

Monday - Writers collaborate to help build understanding of expectations of responding to a writing prompt.

Tuesday - Writers understand that they must go through the writing process when responding to a prompt.

Wednesday - Writers reflect on previous goals and check their progress toward achieving that goal.

Thursday - Writers understand the quality needed for publishing a writing piece.

Friday - The students will work on a writing piece so that it is at a high quality level with the goal of getting it published (ready for someone else to read).

Word Study

This week we will be working on the following learning principle:

When you add -ity as a suffix to a base word, you turn it into a noun.

When you add -ity, you change the word to the state or condition of being whatever the base word means.


The 8:00 group will be studying how to multiply fractions this week.

This week the 9:00 math group will be working on one- and two-step equations. They will then move on to working with coordinate grids.


Mrs. Roush is at a conference on Monday and Tuesday this week. She is available by email both days though.

Please check out the video "Literacy Collaborative" at the bottom of the page. It is many of our students hard at work during our Literacy times.

Students should be reading each night for a minimum of 20 minutes!

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