What's New in Room 322?
A weekly review
Students will take their word work quiz next Friday
Lorax Work on Display
Student samples from the Dear Onceler Letters and Lorax simulation are up in the hall
Students practice going back into the text to find evidence to support answers to comprehension questions by coloring sentences.
Students read and respond to comprehension questions while practicing inferring skills with each other
Lorax Work on Display
Students watched a video on animal and plant life cycles and wrote to report their findings as well as shared their thoughts by writing about the field trip and what they learned.
This week's mini lessons have focused primarily on learning to infer when reading and we have practiced this skill in a variety of different ways. At guided reading stations we have focused on so many skills like word-solving strategies, main ideas/detail, sequencing events, and learning how to answer written comprehension questions more effectively...and more! At independent stations students have been reading choice books and finishing up their animal fact pages and speeches. We presented our dioramas (impressed by the hard work and love that went into these--such a creative class!) by doing a museum walk then using our public speaking skills to teach the class what was learned. Way to go!
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Reading Log Reward: ACHIEVED
Friday, May 6th will be our Reading Reward Day!
On Friday, students may bring a special stuffed animal friend to read with during independent reading time. Please make sure this stuffed animal is not too large (i.e. if it doesn't fit in your backpack...it is probably too large!) so that it does not become a distraction for class time instruction.
Hiking Persimmon Trail
In addition to all the learning that has occured this week, students have participated in a lot of fun things!
- Monday was the JDRF tricycle race where Coach Sam beat all her contenders (to the slight disappointment of our class who seemed to mostly be rooting for Dr. Helf).
- Wednesday was our trip to the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens. While it was a hot day with lots of walking, I can say with full confidence that the students had a great time! Students created soft shell terrariums to grow purple heart vine plants. Then we took a guided hike on the Persimmon Trail to talk about and observe nature in different ecosystem/habitats. We got to walk through a meadow, pond, and forest. Then we got to explore the garden and students loved all the uniquely beautiful plants but according to their writings, the favorite portion of this part of the field trip was the fact that I let them walk under the fountain and get wet... ;) We then ate lunch and played outside before returning to school. I received compliments from staff members left and right about the behavior of our kids so I was very proud! They really loved all the exploring.
- Thursday was Odell's field day--and those kids worked and played hard! We went through stations inside and outside the school like scooter basketball, volleyball, throwing, popsicles, parachutes, obstacle courses, and relay races. It was great to see their competitive sides come across while still working hard as teams. Anytime things got to be even slightly dull I made sure to hype everyone up and before you knew it everyone was encouraging each other and having a blast. We may have been the loudest, sweatiest (and afterwards exhausted) class out there...but I also know we had the most fun :)
Exotic plants of the greenhouse
When you're the only class that gets to go under the fountains and get wet...it's a big deal (my guess as to why it was in everyone's favorite list!)
Taking a break as we explore the gardens
Upcoming Odell Events
All details from these events can be found in your month's copy of Draco's Digest.
May 2-Reading 3D Testing Window Begins
May 4- Boosterthon Pep Rally
May 5- Skate Night
May 11- Boosterthon Fun Run / CCG Parent's Night Out
May 18- Family Reading Night
May 23- PTA Meeting
May 24- Chik Fil A Night
May 30 - No School (holiday)