It’s Friday again, and we’ve just completed a very active and interesting week of learning. We had a great time with all of the events and different dress-up days for Reading Week. Today, we wrapped up the school week with some visitors for our Read Aloud Friday.
In the morning, Ky Nam’s auntie came to read aloud to the students. She read us a personal narrative story where the writer recalls the sounds and feelings of childhood nights in the countryside. After she finished, the students had the opportunity to ask some questions and find out more about her memories as a young person. It was so nice to have a visitor in this way, and so I’ll keep the invitation open to parents or family members who would like to be a guest reader in our morning literacy lessons. Please send me a line if this is something you’d like to try.
In the afternoon, Ms. Aubrey’s grade 6 students came over from the middle high school to read to us, too. We paired students randomly by pulling out their books. This means that some of the boys were stuck reading princess stories to their younger audience, but they embraced their duty fully and everyone seemed to have fun reading aloud and being read to.
In Math this week, students have begun working with different names for numbers and understanding more about the many uses of numbers. They learned a new card game that helped them get lots of practice creating equivalent expressions.
In Science, students have been working towards the creation of an insect of their design which has adaptations appropriate to its environment. Some students created a monstrous insect that could mow the lawn. Others created an insect that lived in the arctic and ate dead animals. The results were impressive all around, and I hope that the students have really begun to understand the importance of adaptations in plants, animals, and insects.
In Social Studies, we wrapped up the ESLRs unit that we started in August. We were able to get a little practice in working with maps and figuring out how to read a grid. Next week, we will apply those skills to learning the continents, oceans, and how to find locations on Earth with latitude and longitude.
Overall, it was a really dynamic week, and we had a ton of fun! We’ll do our best to make next week just as exciting. In the meantime, please remind your child to keep on reading. Our goal is 60 minutes per day, and we are counting on students to be honest in their reporting of minutes. They can keep in mind that time spent reading for homework can count towards their reading goal.
Until week 6…