We learned about the USS Constitution and how it defeated a British ship off the coast of Canada. Cannonballs from the USS Constitution smashed into the British ship severely damaging it. Although the British ship fired back, they did much less damage to our ship. Some of their cannonballs even bounced off the side of the USS Constitution because its walls were so thick! That’s how the ship got its nickname “Old Ironsides.”
Students made their own portrait drawings of the USS Constitution in battle. We are adding these to our portrait gallery.
We had our first Art Smart of the year. The lesson correlates with our War of 1812 domain. We used the collage technique to create American Flags. Next week we will learn about the origins of the "Star Spangled Banner," our national anthem.
Students are writing their own Cat Bandit stories in class. As we write our stories students are learning about the overall structure of a story and the steps in the writing process. After reading each story in the Cat Bandit reader we analyzed the overall structure of the story. Our own Cat Bandit stories will follow the same story pattern: someone leaves food out, the Cat Bandit makes a plan, the Cat Bandit gets the food and eats it.
We learned about a unique friendship between Raina, a dog, and Ruuxa, a Cheetah in our Scholastic News. After reading the article we determined friends can help each other in many ways. Then, we looked for details from the article that gave examples of ways friends help each other.
We read another article about how birds work together as a team. We used this article to learn about non fiction text features as headlines, captions and sidebars. We can locate key facts in nonfiction texts more easily when we understand text features.
Please be sure to check your child's Friday Folder for information on our field trip to the Children's Discovery Museum. The forms are due on Friday, October 14.