This Week in Room 120

Week of May 6, 2013

Reader's Workshop

This week we will be beginning a genre study on Biographies. We will be discussing what a biography is, how they are structured, and the components that may be fictionalized within a biography (internal dialogue, feelings, dialogue among characters, etc.). We will also be thinking about how a reader's opinion of a person may change as more information is learned. Finally, we will be discussing why a subject's life is important enough to be written about.

Writer's Workshop

This week the students will be working on getting a writing piece published. They will be typing their pieces, have them edited by peers and a teacher, and decide how best to publish. Our goal is to finish by the end of this week. We will let you know how we've decided to publish so that you can read your child's piece.

Word Study

This week we will be working on the following learning principle:

Word solvers notice and reflect on Latin roots within words to aid in the spelling of a word and to decipher its meaning.

Roots we are studying:

-cap, -ci and -cept all mean "to take" or "to receive".

We will also be analyzing the poem "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus. This is a complex poem, but the students are ready for the challenge!

Click the following link to read a copy of the poem:


The 8:00 group will be studying how to divide fractions this week. I will teach them to "flip the second number, then multiply" for division of fractions.

This week the 9:00 math group will be beginning to learn about the multiplication of fractions.


Students should be reading each night for a minimum of 20 minutes!

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