Here's what's happening in the huddle...
This week we read Fishy Facts by Ivan Chermayeff. We focused on the following skills:
- identifying base words and -es or -ies endings
- differentiating the topic and main idea of a non-fiction story
We also completed our portfolio core reading assessment. The kids read The Great Big Enormous Turnip and completed a story map and wrote a connection to the story. Look for this in your child's portfolio next week!
We finished the final copies of our portfolio writing prompts. We also read 2 mentor texts about bubble-gum. One was a non-fiction story about the invention of bubble-gum and the other was a fictional story about Lester Fizz, a boy with an amazing talent. Lester could sculpt his bubbles into masterpieces. We created our own bubble-gum masterpieces. Remember to check them out in the hallway when you visit for portfolio conferences!
We began our unit on Collecting and Examining Living Things. We learned that living things must be able to grow, use energy from food, become parents, move, adapt, and have cells. We set up an experiment where we prepared 2 separate jars of salt water and added a separate dry substance to each jar. We are waiting to see which substance grows in salt water.
Next week we will:
- read a story called Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon
- study a mentor text called Growing Vegetable Soup and write stories about family activities
- learn about data landmarks, review for our unit 6 test, and take our unit 6 math test
- examine millipedes, crickets, and fish - Oh My!
- record our Readers' Theater stories to post on next week's newsletter (sorry, this took longer than expected!)