This week in reading students are working on researching an extreme weather topic. Your child has been placed in a small group to research one of the following topics: Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Tsunamis, Floods, Drought, or Earthquakes. They are working on the skills of "Finding a Main Idea/Supporting Details/Summary" and "Cross Text Synthesis". To do this, students have learned to take notes within certain text structures (Boxes and Bullets, Sequence, Cause/Effect, Compare/Contrast, Problem/Solution). Then, they use another text to synthesize what they have learned from the previous text by adding on to the notes that have already been created. Finally, they have to write a summary which explains what they have just read and learned.
With that said, students are applying all of these skills to the research and will be presenting on their topic THIS FRIDAY. The presentation is worth a quiz grade and has a rubric that will guide the students through their research. It will be uploaded in the Reading Google Classroom either today or tomorrow. Students are working on this during class time, but if the presentation isn't finished by Thursday, then some students may have to work on it from home to put on any finishing touches.
We look forward to seeing these presentations and watching the students "teach" a new topic to their classmates!
This week in writing students are working hard to gather all of their 'materials' (i.e. mini stories, lists, quotes, facts) to begin 'constructing' (drafting) their essays. Students will learn this week how to choose the best evidence to support their reasons, how to order their reasons/evidence either chronologically or from least to most powerful to make an impact, how to write strong introductions and conclusions, and finally how to bring it all together into a draft. Rough drafts should be finished by the end of our writing block by Friday. It's going to be a busy, but SUPER productive week as we get closer to the finish line with our essays!