In Writers’ Workshop we learned that when you write something, it is important to understand the kind of writing you are doing and to figure out ways people do that writing really well. We looked at a piece of writing and compared it to the opinion writing checklist. We all set a goal referring to the checklist of what we need to work on next.
We put out our ‘Best in Show’ choice from our collection and walked around to have a look at each other’s. We discovered that we sometimes can disagree and have different opinions. We had the chance to write an opinion about another classmate’s collection.
Sometimes people who are experts on a topic, who collect a lot of information about a topic, write to convince others of what they believe is worst in their collections giving reasons why. We all wrote about a least favorite piece in our own collection. Lastly, we learned that in order to be even more convincing we can get help from people who agreed with us and add quotes from ‘experts’.
In Readers’ Workshop we learned that readers do a ‘triple check’ asking themselves ‘Does it make sense?, Does it look right?, Does it sound right?’
Readers who are in charge of their reading think ‘what do I do a lot? and ‘what can I do even more?’ and they make a plan to be the best they can be. Referring to our word-solving chart we named some strategies that we use all the time and jotted down one strategy to make a plan for how we’ll push ourselves to use more strategies when we get stuck on a tricky word. We shared our reading goals with the class.
We learned that sometimes even bosses need to help solve problems and that people need to work together to solve hard problems. We observed good partnership in action and read with a reading partner helping each other when we needed it. On Thursday we showed off our reading with 3RB buddies!
In Art we completed a birch tree picture exploring shadows, lighting and colors. We used different sizes of masking tape for the birch trees and painted the sky with watercolors. Then we carefully peeled off the tape and added markings on the trees.
In Maths we completed our last survey; choosing a question we wanted to investigate with two possible answers, collected the data from our classmates. We shared our results with the class. This week marked the end of Unit 4. Well-done! We also completed the pre-assessment for Unit 5.
In SWI we investigated the question ‘How many sounds does the <c> grapheme make?’ We found so many! This week, we also learned about digraphs.
On Tuesday morning Ms. Yamada had us for Readers’. We earned a wacky reward….can you guess what it was?