Mrs. G's Classroom News
April 24, 2015
We finished unit 22 in Rebecca Sitton's spelling program this week. We reviewed how to drop and e and add the suffix to many words. We also did the cursive C. I hope to cover the Common Core Language Arts strand of identifying complex and simple sentences next week.
We have started our non-fiction reading workshop unit this week as well. We have explored the non-fiction genre and have discovered how to figure out what genre a book is by using a graphic organizer. We played a genre race game as table teams, too. We will get into reading groups next week and learn about many different types of non-fiction text features.
We also participated in many Monkey Kingdom lessons that corresponded with the awesome non-fiction narrative movie we saw at MJR Theatres. Thank you again to our magnificent PTO for funding this rewarding trip to see this film. We talked about the ecosystem a toque macaque monkey lives in and discovered how these unique animals use facial expressions to communicate with each other. This unit has been such a wonderful, positive experience.
We started our "Living Things" unit in science this week as well. We closely read a leveled text called an ifile and participated in a team investigation where the students had to figure out after reading and participating in group discussions what arthropods all have in common. We are noticing that animals can be sorted into different categories. We started to also read a non-fiction book on invertebrates.