Mrs. McGarry's Classroom News
ELA/ SOCIAL STUDIES
Dates coming up:
Science May 9-10th
Math May 16-17th
French and Indian War test May 11th
May 28th No School- Memorial Day
Field Trip- TBA
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We have finished all of our MCAS work and have moved on to an Historical Fiction unit. We are reading Fighting Ground by Avi, which takes place during the American Revolution. Within Avi, we will be looking at character change throughout the novel and tracking theme. We have recently begun Book Clubs, where students are reading a particular book in groups. During the week, they read their assigned pages and work on finding evidence to develop a "Big Idea" (inference). The members of the Book Club meet on Friday to discuss what they noticed within their book.
Within writing, we are continuing our study of the American Revolution by developing a research paper around that topic using IPads and internet sources. Once they build their knowledge and facts, they will develop that information into an essay with chapters with varying focuses. This project will take us through the end of the year.
We are working on taking simple sentences and creating complex sentences by using adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases. Daily, students have a sentence or two fix-it called a "Caught-Ya" where they have to find all of my mistakes in conventions.
Social Studies Topics
A study guide went home that covers the French and Indian War. Test will be May 11th.
Within Social Studies, we are into Chapter 5 and studying the American Revolution.
Within the extra content blocks, we continue to work on summarizing a nonfiction text and writing a reflection about that text.