This week in Writers’ Workshop we continued working on adding action, dialogue and feelings for our characters in our fiction writing. The class worked on adding fancy words to bring ‘sparkle’ to our stories and use all we know about spelling strategies to help write these words.
We evaluated our writing to help set goals. We looked at the narrative writing checklist and found evidence of our strengths in all of our fiction books so far and also identified goals that we are will be working on.
In Readers’ Workshop we learned that readers read and reread books, each time noticing more and understanding the story a bit better. We reread parts of our books, pausing to notice more details and understand the same story in new ways.
The class thought about the things they want to keep in their reading ‘suitcase’ to use whenever we start a new book and go on a new reading adventure. We celebrated our goals and shared our ‘travel’ plans with the class.
We learned that we want to get to know the characters as well as we can, paying attention to details to learn all about them. With a partner, we introduced our character to each other.
In Math, the class started Unit 7 which focuses on number patterns and number sequences. We played ‘What Comes Next?’ determining what comes next in a repeating pattern. We made our own patterns with connecting cubes and described what it is that makes our cube train a pattern. The class was introduced to body movement patterns. We worked to represent cube train patterns with movement sequences and vice versa.
As a class, we played ‘What Comes Next?’ making two cube trains, each with 12 cubes, but one had a repeating pattern and one did not. We were introduced to ‘Break a Train’ in which we had to break a cube pattern into units.