The last week of math has focused on learning that geometric shapes are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint. Students have studied points, rays, lines and the concepts of perpendicular and parallel. If any of that feels a new or confusing, quiz your kid. They have been quick to grasp some challenging content and it is exciting to see what they have learned in such a short period of time.
It took 40 instructional days before students in Room D4 figured out that seeing my camera out didn’t mean I was texting, it meant I was taking pictures. Consequently, getting students to look and behave naturally is just about impossible. Instead, the class has been taken over by the photobomb! Take a look for yourself.
Families gathered for our first Brown Bag Lunch that included a short look at word study. Parents ate lunch with their kids and then did a word sort with the suffixes –able and –ible. This was followed by a description of morphology and then a chance to see how they could help their scholars at home. It was a terrific day and I am glad so many chose to attend—including three grandparents!!
On Tuesday the Superintendent of Schools, Traci Davis, visited the classroom and got to see the students involved in Word Study. It was an unplanned visit—or at least I did not know about it—and it was great to see the kids engage Ms. Davis and be able to outline classroom goals and procedures without any advanced preparation on my part.
We finished our first OUT and students are currently working on their culminating assignment, which involves writing a poem—a poem with a lot of evidence from some really complex text. When they are done, I’ll be posting in our hallway and I encourage you to take a look. Based on the drafts I’ve seen, the work is outstanding and it demonstrates the amazing aptitude of your children.