This week in English, we started reading R.J. Palacio's Wonder. Students listened to this Natalie Merchant song and reflected upon why this was a good theme song for Auggie. Students also spent time in class reading our class text and completing our reading assignments. Here is a list of the independent reading assignments from this week.
We also continued our work with Detailed Paragraph writing. (See last week's post for the handout outlining the components of this type of writing!) Students gave partners feedback on their writing using this form. Students wrote a practice Detailed Paragraph of their own using this graphic organizer to help organize their ideas. Students had three minute conferences with me in class where they received feedback from me on their Detailed Paragraphs. All of this formative practice is in preparation for next week's in-class summative Detailed Paragraph.
Students: Here are the directions for the class "extension text" idea. Remember that this is entirely optional and is an idea of how you can generate above-proficient connections on our in-class summatives!
Science with Mrs. Gnojewski
This week in science, students wrapped up gathering evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of water impact systems around the globe. Students learned about Lake Chad, the Aral Sea and the Ogallala aquifer. On Wednesday, the focus was on writing a strong thesis statement for an argumentative paragraph. The summative assessment for this learning target, a detailed paragraph, will be due on Wednesday, November 19. Students are using the same graphic organizer to structure their paragraphs that they use in English.
Here are a few resources to help create a more effective argument and/or thesis statement.
Population Growth and Water
The World at 7 Billion
Writing Ninjas Thesis Statement
Thesis vs. Topic Sentence
Fitness with Mrs. Stelzner
The first workout of the week consisted of a dynamic workout, introduction to the mechanics of a burpee, a 3-8 burpee progression on the :60, front and side planks, and an approximately 100 yard run followed by 20 squats for 8:00. On Thursday, the students were so excited to get out into the snow! We had a great 40 minute walk in the snow!
Please make sure that your child is coming to school prepared to go outside for fitness!
World Geography with Mrs. Shebley
This week in World Geography, students worked to finish up their Sailing Around the World projects. This was the culminating project for our World Geography class. It was a fun time in our Exploratory class as students finished these up, and we were able to share the projects Thursday in class. Here is the checklist students needed to complete and sign before turning their projects in.
Naturalist with Mrs. Gnojewski
It is hard to believe that six weeks are already over! This week we had a visit from our Bird by Bird Facilitator, Matt Stuber. Matt is a raptor biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. He talked about some of the ways in which water pollution impacts birds. In particular he discussed PCB’s and Dioxin. In addition, students worked to create a product that represented their learning over the last six weeks. Many students chose to write about “the place where they live”, while others created journals and guidebooks. The place where I live activity is inspired by Orion Magazine which asks readers to submit essays about the natural world around them. Here is a link to some of the essays from Orion. A few students asked to work on finishing up their final projects over the weekend. I will accept projects through Monday. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the wonders of the natural world with this group of enthusiastic and thoughtful learners.