This week we continued to work on our anchor text from ReadyGen called "King Kafu and the Moon". We focused on the following vocabulary words: King Kafu and the Moon Vocabulary PDF. We were also able to engage in character traits of the main character of the text, King Kafu. We reviewed the difference between inside and outside traits. Students learned that outside traits are ones you can see such as hair color, height, eye color, gender and so on. They also learned that inside traits are ways you describe someone based on how they act and what they say. Students had to engage in close reading to think about how King Kafu acted and how they could describe that using an adjective (or describing word). Below is a flipchart of what our class made together as we worked on this:
In writing students have continued our focus on narrative writing. Students are focusing on telling a story that includes the moon as a character, setting or part of the event in their story. They are also required to include some true facts about the moon within their creative narrative. I modeled how to write using my senses to help the reader better visualize the story and students were challenged to try this in their stories. You can help to reinforce this skill at home by asking your child to use their senses when describing a food, place, animal, and so on. This should begin to transfer to their writing.
In math we have continued to work with shapes and their attributes. Students have been focusing on three-dimensional shapes and building them by putting different "nets" together. Several of these shapes have multiple nets that will still fold and put together and students are keeping track of all the ways they can find that do work and do not work for a cube, square pyramid and triangular prism. Students also enjoy predicting whether or not a net will work before trying it out.
Students have continued to work on their famous faces book. So far we have learned and writing about the following famous Americans:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Students were able to engage in some life science opportunities in the greenhouse on Friday! We got to check in on the new compost container to see how those red wriggler words were doing and Gardner David was a "plant doctor" for our class plant that, sadly, has seen better days. We can wait to check in to see if he was able to save our plant with some new soil, extra light under the UV lights and and by transplanting it.
Monday, March 4th: No school
Thursday, March 21st: Early release
Thursday, March 21st- Friday, March 22nd: Parent/Teacher Conferences. Please make sure you have signed up for your conference time. In the event you are unable to attend, the district encourages parents to sign up for a phone conference within the conference timeframe. Below is more information about conference sign-up:
Registration for conferences is open through March 15th. Parents will sign up for conferences online through the Indian Trail website(www.nssd112.org/indiantrail). Scroll down to the “news” section and click on Conference sign-up.
Need Support with Conferences:
- Click here for Directions for conference registration
- If you still have issues - Call the Indian Trail main office: (224) 765-3500
If you are out of town or not available to meet on the conference dates, we encourage you to sign up for a conference slot and complete the conference over the phone.
Monday, March 25- Friday, March 29th: Spring Break
Monday, April 1st- School resumes