This week students learned about biographies. Students worked at the table during their instructional level lessons in a small group to see how we can connect our study on biographies to character traits. Some famous people students read about were Michael Jordan, Thomas Edison, Cyrus McCormick, etc. Students utilized graphic organizers to describe character traits to the person they were reading about. Students also were sure to provide evidence to support the character trait they were using to describe the famous person they were reading about. Additionally, students were able to connect these skills to Jane Goodall as we read some of her stories aloud. We will continue this this into next week.
Students are also connecting their study of biographies to their new opinion writing unit by writing their opinion of a famous person they have learned about. Students are learning different ways to make their opinion writing more convincing for their audience.
This week our class continued working on foundational money skills to support the following common core state standard:
- 2.MD.C.8 Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?
- Student Friendly Objective: I can solve word problems involving dollars and coins including using $ and ¢ symbols the right way.
Students were eager to connect some engineering skills to our math unit using our Keva Planks. Students were challenged to build a tower with Keva Planks. The way each plank was placed determined how much that piece was worth. After students build their tower they had to add up what their tower was worth and then use money to show they value of their tower.
Students continued learning about rocks. They learned about landslides that can happen due to loose rocks and water/rain. After learning about the cause students were challenged to brainstorm together and then develop a plan to protect the houses at the bottom of a hill that had a landslide in the past. Students were eager to share they plans with each other and help to improve the plans their classmates had.
Friday, March 24th- Early release, students dismissed at 1:00pm
Saturday, March 25th- Sunday, April 2nd- No school, Spring Break
Monday, April 3rd- School resumes