4D Classroom News
March 10-14, 2014
Again, we will practice through whole class mini-lessons with shared nonfiction texts, but this will also be reinforced in guided reading groups with nonfiction texts at the appropriate reading level. You can find a copy of the NF articles and various work samples from your child included in their weekly Student Feedback Form.
Word Study groups will continue this week, but it will be a short week. Students will be assessed on their words on Thursday, rather than Friday. Patterns covered include the following:
- Short e Long e in CVVC patterns
- Prefixes (review week of all prefixes in the unit)
- Syllable Juncture in VCCCV and VV patterns
Our grammar focus this week is adjectives. Students will have a short homework exercise related to this. They should bring both the word study and adjective homework on Thursday.
Lastly, we will continue our work on our informational report in writing. Students have begun the process of sifting through their research and recording relevant supporting details on their graphic organizer. They will now begin typing the body of their informational reports. We will also spend some time learning how to write an effective introduction and conclusion.
- What is heat?
- What is thermal energy?
- How is heat transferred? (conduction, convection, radiation)
Students have just started an experiment and are exploring which materials are the best conductors of heat. They will be making observations, collecting data in a table, creating a line graph, and interpreting their results. This will likely carry over into next week as well.