Cahill Class News
A class of readers and leaders
03/09/15 What we are Learning this Week!!
- This week we are continuing to work on our Novel Tuck Everlasting. are going to be working on creating theories about our characters based on text evidence. We are also going to continue looking for signposts in our novel.
- I can compare and contrast two or more characters or settings in a story.
- I can accurately quote from the text when making inferences.
This week we are wrapping up our persuasive book reviews. We will be immersing ourselves into argumentative essays. This week we will be looking a variety of persuasive/argumentative pieces and deciding what makes a piece of writing persuasive.
- I can write effectively according to the purpose for writing.
- I can select a topic to share with an audience.
This week we will be working on volume this week. We will also be focused on using nets to build solid shapes.
- I can identify volume as an attribute of a solid figure.
- I can recognize that a cube with one unit side length is “one cubic unit” of volume.
- I can explain a process for finding the volume of a solid figure by filling it with unit cubes without gaps and overlaps.
- I can measure the volume of a hollow three dimensional figure by filling it with unit cubes with gaps and counting the number of squares.
- I can use unit cubes to determine the volume of a rectangular prism.
We are still in our universe unit. Last week, we focused on the moon and it's phases. This week we will be working on the sun and shadows.
- I can relate changes in length and position of a shadow to the time of day and position of the Sun
- I can relate the apparent motion of the Sun, Moon and the stars to the rotation of the Earth.
Weekly Specials Schedule
Tuesday-- C (Art is always on Tuesdays)
We are almost finished with our second round of Genius Hour Projects. Students are making screen casts to share what they learned. These screen casts will be placed on our website, as we finish them! Be sure to check them out!
World Read Aloud Day
This week was World Read Aloud Day. We skyped with a 5th grade classroom in Minnesota. We read aloud a book called On a Beam of Light to them. They read aloud Sparky to us.
We are celebrating March Madness of Books in our classroom (#mbm15). Kid are reading and voting on books in our classroom bracket, as well as the National Bracket. We are currently working on book reviews for books that we want to win and are working to persuade others to read and vote for those books. We will be recording these!
World Read Aloud Day
Updates and Reminders
Sunday, March 8- Daylight Savings Time- Turn clocks forward
March 13- End of Third Quarter
March 16- No School
March 20- Progress Reports Sent Home
March 24- Spring Pictures
March 30-April 3 Spring Break
Our classroom expectation is that students read for 20 minutes nightly! This is considered nightly homework!