with Mrs. Drayton
Dutch Fork Elementary, The Academy of Environmental Sciences, Title I
VIP Folders & Reminders
- progress reports
- weekly work
- Cursive pages 12-24 due 10/28
- October Reading Goals due 10/31
- October Book Talk due 10/31
- Vocabulary test 10/31 (see quizlet link below)
As writers, we've continued to spend lots of time investigating new ways to generate stories about our lives. Additionally, we've been working on enhancing our stories by adding our thoughts, feelings, and actions. This week, students will work on drafting one of the stories they'd like to publish, and we'll continue to work on "stretching small moments" and "showing and not telling" as we write our stories.
Close Reading: A Meaning Making Strategy
- Read for the flow & notice the structure
- Reread to determine words & phrase that don't make sense
- Reread to building meaning- take notes & jot my thinking
- Determine the main idea
Westward Expansion Touchstone- Close Reading Lyrics
Westward Expansion Unit of Study
- What are reasons people travel west?
- What situations/conditions in geography, technology, and laws will affect travel west positively or negatively?
- Will different groups of people traveling west promote conflict or cooperation will striving to achieve their goals?
- How did travel west changes the values, traditions, and laws of groups traveling west?
- Were all groups who traveled west affected in the same ways by changes embraced by or imposed on them?
Our growth as readers will be closely interwoven with our Westward Expansion Unit of Study. We spent this past week analyzing song lyrics that provided insight into the many perspectives of groups of people traveling west. Ask your child to share!! We will continue our study by analyzing primary sources. First, we will have to determine what primary documents are (primary documents are artifacts from a point in history like photographs, letters, speeches, etc). This might be a fun conversation for you to have at home! Our study will continue through the reading of texts, such as, Dandelions, Coolies, Cheyenne Again, and many others. Please be certain that your child is studying the notes in his or her U.S. History Notebook nightly.