Grade 4/5B Weekly News
Mrs. Tomietto - Room 224
Week of: September 8-12, 2014
This week we created paper dolls to reflect ourselves. This was an extension to reading the book "You Are Special" by Max Lucado. After admiring our handiwork, we passed around our dolls and simulated negative comments, all the while damaging the dolls. This was very difficult for some students. We then discussed how the tearing and crumpling of the dolls represented how we are hurt by put-downs and exclusion. Please do ask your child about what happened when we tried to repair the damage, and what this symbolizes. It certainly generated some very sensitive and thoughtful comments, and I hope it will serve as a reminder of how to treat one another.
This week, we began our baseline language assessments and completed writing front-page newspapers about ourselves. We also started our Daily Starters activities first thing after entry each morning. Reading assessments will likely take until next week to complete. Also, we will be starting some work on sentence structure and parts of speech. Students are encouraged to continue reading at least 20 minutes each evening.