This week, we switched up our groups and are learning Power Point in our Project Block. To create the slides, we are using our knowledge of summarizing fiction with a picture book related to acceptance. The students used CSERT to analyze the book, and are now putting that information on slides piece by piece. It will be exciting to see how using technology brings new energy to our learning!
Each grade level has had some challenging sessions in ELA and reading! Second Graders have reached the midway point of our chapter book, The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. With the volume of events that occur each chapter, finding the character's main struggle is more difficult! We have de-constructed and analyzed each part to see a clearer picture. There were quite a few "ahas!"
Third Graders have been mesmerized by Rain Reign, and we have discussed, analyzed, and theorized about Rose's struggle. We discovered the climax of the story, and are now seeing how the end fourth of the book is all a part of the resolution. Amazing thinking in that group! Similarly, Fourth Grade was faced with analyzing a model narrative by Lois Lowry. It took lots of discussion, but the awareness of how a piece is crafted was phenomenal. They are seeing it from a different perspective, which means they aren't just memorizing "what a narrative needs," but actually HOW to CRAFT a piece.
We culminated our energy unit with some fun and engaging review games (ala Hedbanz and Heads Up). Then we wrote to show our understanding by explaining where we see energy in our daily lives, how it transforms, and which forms we feel are most important and why.
In math fourth graders learned how to use models to make equivalent fractions. We also used multiplication to find equivalent fractions. Third graders learned strategies for solving division story problems. Second graders worked with even and odd numbers and told how they are different. We also used place value to find 10 more or 10 less than a number.
Forecasts call for a rainy weekend, stay safe and enjoy!