We've been learning all about rocks and how Earth's landscape changes over time.
Lava from volcanic eruptions form new rocks. Existing sediment under pressure and over lots of time forms new rocks. And now we're learning about the erosion process. Rocks get broken up through root wedging, ice wedging, and just generally tumbling down the mountainside. Check out our sugar cube experiment to see the erosion process.
We've been learning about how landscapes change over time. Volcanoes create a very visible change! This week we learned that there are two types of volcanoes: cone and shield. We also learned that there are two types of lava: thick and thin. Cone volcanoes are explosive and have thick lava that forms felsite rocks. Shield volcanoes are more gentle and have thin lava that forms basalt rock. Check out how we explored the properties of thick and thin lava!
We're video taping our dance on Friday for the virtual performance!
Please take a moment to practice this dance at home.
Check it out in practice!
Today, in Fish in a Tree, Mr. Daniels challenged the class to solve a secret code.
Each letter stands for another letter. Can you crack it?
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Each week we write a gratitude letter. Right now we're writing to people we know (family members and friends). We take time to let them know why we are grateful for them, remind them of a special memory, and thank them for being in our lives. We're also learning to address and send snail mail! You just might be getting a letter in the mail soon!
Each we we respond in writing to our read aloud book and our IDR books. We reflect on the plot and analyze the characters. We notice the theme and make connections to our lives and other books we've read. We practice writing in full sentences with capitals, punctuation, good spelling, and proper grammar. We also work on our typing skills.
IDR - Independent Daily Reading
Formerly know as DEAR (drop everything and read, IDR is a time for us to curl up with a good book and read on our own. We're working on finding just right books, switching up the genres we explore, and building our reading stamina. This is a very popular time of day! Some of our favorites right now are Calvin and Hobbes, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson.
Fluency and Audiobooks
We have the option to listen and follow along to books as well through a couple of different online programs. This is a fun way to explore harder texts and bigger themes. We also practice a fluency poem each week. We work on phrasing, cadence, expression. After practicing at least ten times, we record our poems on Flipgrid so we can hear our fluency improve throughout the year.
Time for Kids and Scholastic News
We love staying up to date on current events with Time for Kids and Scholastic News. We read new articles and answer questions about what we've read. This is great practice in close reading and interpretation. Soon we'll add in spelling, grammar, and vocabulary to this rotation. We like to switch it up, that way our reading workshop stays interesting and we're always practicing different skills.
After reading workshop, we all find our way to different book clubs. We love the opportunity to work in small groups, fine tune our decoding skills, and read new books with our friends. Ask us what we're reading and what skills we're working on! In my book club we're reading Frindle, working on close reading, making predictions, and character analysis.
It's fun to take time to reflect on what awesome classmates we have.
(for the Gratitude Project)
Amazon Gift Cards
(for classroom and art supplies)