The first step in the writing process is to plan and create a rough draft. Next, we edit and revise the writing. In this step we check our spelling, punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure. We also look for ways we can improve the writing by adding details or using more descriptive words. The final step is called publishing in which rewrite the material with corrections. We can do this using a computer, or we can use our best printing. Many students who are reading at or above grade level need to focus on their written expression to bring this skill in line with their reading.
In math we finished our module on measurement. The Module 2 practice workbook went home in the Friday Folder. We will have an assessment on this module next week, so it is a good idea to review the workbook with your child over the weekend.
In one activity we measured objects twice using different length units. Students discovered through experience that the smaller the length unit, the larger the number of units; and the larger the length unit, the smaller the number of units. In addition, students worked to relate addition and subtraction to length. They used tape diagrams to figure out two step word problems as well. You will see this in next week's homework.
We began to learn about Ancient Asian Civilizations in our Listening and Learning (L&L) time. The goal of the Listening and Learning Strand is for students to acquire language competence through listening, specifically building a rich vocabulary, and broad knowledge in history and science through exposure to related read‐alouds.
This week read about the ancient city of Mohenjo-daro, a civilization that formed in the fertile land of the Indus River Valley. Also, we were introduced to Hinduism, the world’s third largest religion. Some of the vocabulary includes farming related words such as cultivate, fertile, irrigation canals, recede, and source. We also read stories and informational text that exposed students to vocabulary words such as represents and unjust.
Two students have already completed and shared their simple machines project. Remember these are due by October 17. Look at the Simple Machines page for examples of last year's projects, or go to my pinterest page to see more.
Ask Your Child
- How can we measure a line that is not straight?
- What mountain range caused waters to flood the Indus River Valley?
- What does Cynthia Rylant carry with her so she is always prepared to write?