In Writers’ we continued writing our nonfiction chapter books. We were reminded of the craft moves, like pop-out words and speech bubbles, from Unit 1, that writers use to give more information or to make some information stand out. We revisited our work to see if we might use craft moves in our writing. We played an editing checklist game with a partner where we had to check off an item (e.g. vowels in every word) and make changes to our work as needed.
We decided what part of our book we would like to share with a partner and practiced reading using our best teaching voice.
Finally, we set up a museum exhibit to celebrate our writing! We thought about how writers’ topics could be grouped and created exhibit areas around the room. We have not only become nonfiction writers, we’ve all become teachers! We learned how to teach others with our writing; by writing a lot of interesting details, by making pictures into teach pictures and by putting information into chapters. We can all be very proud of ourselves!
In Readers’ we learned that when we are reading a book like an expert its helpful to bring the book to life, not just with our voice, but also with our body. We used drama to bring a topic to life. Enjoy the videos!
We also learned that it’s important to check in with your audience when reading to make sure they are with you and understand the information you are sharing. With a reading buddy, we always checked for understanding, pointing to pictures, asking questions or re-reading parts. We continued using post-it notes to remember where to stop and what to talk about.
In Maths we started investigating the size of our feet by covering an outline of our foot with cubes. The class created a representation of all the data and we discussed what we noticed.
We also covered our foot outline with smaller materials, such as pennies. We checked our abilities to count a set of 40-50 objects and discussed strategies for accurately counting larger amounts.
The class was introduced to counting strips where we had to count and write the sequence of numbers as high as we could. We discussed patterns in numbers, noticing the place where the numbers ‘change’ and strategies for writing numbers that are difficult.
We hope you enjoy our performances at the Christmas Concert on Friday December 1st!