Writing: Students have been on editing overdrive this week as we complete the writing part of our mission reports.
Reading: We continued to read Island of the Blue Dolphins together, and learn what life was like for the California Indians before the Europeans came and colonized the New World. The book wonderfully illustrates how Karana, the main character, makes use of her natural resources to survive much like we do today, with shelter, food, and even pets!
This week we began a new read aloud, Bud Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis, who is the author of the class favorite The Watson’s go to Birmingham.
Students are currently reading a biography (90 page minimum) of a person who has made a significant contribution or positive change in our world. As a final project, students will be writing a report and presenting their characters to classmates and parents in a ‘Wax Museum’, where they will inform us about their person while in character. (Thursday, April 4th, at 9:15am)
Please ask your child about his/her choice of person/book, and what s/he has learned so far.
Students have completed the final unit on fractions. (see assessment in Friday folder.) This week we’ve begun a geometry unit, and students are learning and reviewing angles, lines, rays, and points.
Ask your child how we used the iPads to discover the angles and shapes of common objects around the classroom!
Our Mission Dolores field trip was great! Thank you to Ms. Royal, Ms. Chou, Mr. Roberts, Ms. McIntosh, Ms. Glennon, Ms. Schory and Mary Ellen for driving and chaperoning our kids on this fun learning experience!
We have been working hard to complete our California mission reports with illustrations and interesting facts. Students will be displaying these reports, along with a student-created virtual book of their mission during open house on March 21st.
*Mark your calendars! Bel Aire’s open house is Wednesday, March 21st at 6:30pm.
*There will be no school for children on March 18th: Staff Development Day.
*WAX MUSEUM BIOGRAPHY PRESENTATIONS will be Thursday, April 4th from 9:15-9:45. Come see your child ‘perform’ as his/her biography character!