Just the Facts!
As our year winds down, we'll be spending the last weeks emphasizing nonfiction writing, particularly informational text and opinion writing. Primarily we'll focus on organization of information from a variety of sources, and incorporating the use of transitional words and phrases. Since March is National Peanut Month, we'll be incorporating a "peanut" theme into the work that students do.
Typing Club: We will continue to use the Typing Club activities, working toward the goal of 30 words per minute. To facilitate reaching this goal, students are expected to complete at least three sessions outside of class, spending a total of at least 30 minutes per week.
Google Classroom: We've worked minimally with Google Classroom this year, and would like to insure that students leave with a basic knowledge that will be helpful as they move to upper grade classes next year. Basic information, such as weekly assignment information, will be available here, and students will submit most assignments via their Google Classroom accounts. Questions? Ask the teachers!
Weekly Themes and Assignments:
Dr. Carver/Plants--Week of March 6: To kick off our peanut studies, we took a look at the life of Plant Doctor George Washington Carver, who is often credited with the development of the peanut as an agricultural crop in the United States. Our assignment for the week is an extension of the "compare and contrast" work that students have been doing. To provide background knowledge, students were given a printed booklet to read, and we shared two books with students during classtime. Our discussion centered around Dr. Carver as a "world changer" as we talked about his youth, and the various character qualities he exhibited. Students will relate similarities and differences in their lives to those of Dr. Carver's life, and finally explore ways they might go forth to "change the world".
The Boy who Changed the World (read-aloud)
George Washington Carver by Suzanne M. Coil (read-aloud)
George Washington Carver National Monument (notice particularly the printable curriculum materials found by following the path from "Learn about the park" to "Education" to "Curriculum Materials".
Printable homework packet (note that in class we were not able to complete the email quickwrite. Students should do this from home, writing a minimum of 5 sentences about plants. Subject line: Plants.)
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