Here is what we are up to:
Reader's workshop - Students realized that their reading lives are complex and we need to share because we can learn from each other. So, we discussed different ways to share our reading and things we can talk about. They got a chance to practice, which they love!
I am so close to finishing the reading assessment for all kids. Look for a notice with their reading level this week.
Writer's workshop - We spent a little less time writing this week due to other activities. Nonetheless, students made great progress. They practiced zooming in to different moments of their stories in order to include more details. It's our way of making the reader feel like they were there in that moment with us. We use our senses to help us create descriptive words. I hope to have students begin publishing next week!
Math - We are still focused on place value, specifically rounding. The concept was clear but students were getting confused on specific steps. The poster helps us as a reference until the process becomes fluid. If you want to practice at home, that would be beneficial!
Then, students were placed in clans and we looked at family structure. The discussion included reasons for why they lived with extended family and how names were chosen. Below you will see some scratch ideas that came out of the conversation.
Finally, each student developed a character and figured out how they would fit in the clan. They had to think about how they were related to others, their age, what they look like, what they wear, how they contribute to the clan and what skills they need.
Volunteers - If you are available this Tues., Wed, or Thurs. (from 10:30ish-11:15) I would love some extra support during Writer's workshop. Many students are ready to publish. Instead of traditional typing we will be recording our voices (no technological skills necessary).
Thinking ahead, if you are available on Friday the 18th we would love to have you! Our class will be participating in various workshops connected to NW Coast People. We have one expert, Dave (Parisa's father), who will host a carving station. The other stations will be drawing (NW Coast shapes), story telling and weaving. All the materials will be provided but support will be welcomed. The workshops will go from 1:30-3:30.