Room 32 News
October 17, 2016
Q: How are Miguel and Yoon alike in the two different stories?
A: Miguel and Yoon are alike in the stories because they both came to America from other countries.
Grammar: We have worked on identifying verbs and how to change them to past tense.
Example: I wrinkle my nose. Yesterday, I wrinkled my nose.
We have also reviewed when to insert commas when writing dates, cities and states.
Example: October 17, 2016 and San Diego, California
We have also introduced how to use quotation marks around the words someone says.
Example: She said, "I love dogs." OR "I love dogs," she said.
"Scribble, scribble went our pencils in Room 32 as we grabbed our writing journals out of our desks and began our stories." We have practiced 4 different strategies to capture the reader's attention and use Brilliant Beginnings (or hooks) for our writing. A brilliant beginning might start with a sound, question, feeling, or quote. Instead of writing, "I love recess." a student might start with a sound and write, "Ring, ring! I heard the loud bell as I imagined running out to the field to meet my friends for recess." Those types of "hooks" will definitely peek the curiosity of our reading audience.
In Writer's Workshop, we have selected "small moments" to stretch into personal narratives. A personal narrative uses words like I, me, mine and tells a true story in a logical sequence of events.
With Halloween around the corner, we're having some fun writing poetry using consonant blends. Students brainstormed consonant blend words beginning with BL, GL, or SM and transformed them into "Monster Blend Poems". We are publishing and adding illustrations just like real authors!
Key Vocabulary: prediction, realistic fiction, genre, dictionary, multiple meaning words, edit, draft
Key Vocabulary: length, longer than, shorter than, mark and measure, estimate, centimeter, meter
In Science, students worked in small groups to construct their own landforms out of foil and other objects. We observed what happens to ice when placed on the "mountains" and how the melting water travels to other landforms such as rivers, lakes, and oceans.
We also used salt dough to create relief maps (3D maps) representing the topographical shapes of different landforms.
Key Vocabulary: urban, rural, suburb, city, country, map title, map legend, landforms, bodies of water
Calling All Cooks!
Key Vocabulary: optional, cup, half 1/2, measure
Upcoming Events & Reminders
- Week of October 24th - Red Ribbon Week - more specific info coming soon on the daily activities
- Halloween Parade-October 31st, 8:30 am on blacktop
- Box Tops - Please send in anytime to help our school raise $$
- PTA & Foundation - If you haven't had a chance, please consider joining our PTA and donating to our Foundation. They both provide many amazing opportunities to our students for greater learning!!