So the first thing I want to say is that I created a video for parents to teach you a little bit about Google Classroom. You can watch it here:
Click here to see a screencast on HOW TO NAVIGATE GOOGLE CLASSROOM! For students and parents alike.
There's more information about homework at the bottom of this post.
This week in class, we focused on three areas: the Wizard of Oz, writing workshop, and vocabulary.
Wizard of Oz
Most kids know all of their lines and we are well on our way to singing all the songs as well! We are having fun with this! We may take a slight break, practicing only once or twice a week for a bit while the students catch up in art class, where they will be making their masks. We are looking at a performance during the week after Thanksgiving, so we make sure we have the masks done in time. Stay tuned for exact dates and times.
In journals this week, we focused on dragons, which was both a theme in our last book and also our school mascot! We also had a lot of fun writing parodies of the famous "This is just to say" poem by William Carlos WIlliams, including one parody from the point of view of the dragon in our lunchroom.
Students chose which list they are going to work from over the next few months, either the BASIC one or the ADVANCED one. The trick is to choose one that is not overwhelming, but gives you a good amount of challenge. Today, we did an exercise in class where they chose a word from their list that was less familiar, looked up the definition, and then worked in groups to create a story with all the words. We got some funny stories, which you can watch in the videos below. One video is currently stubbornly stuck in the right column. I will work on that.
We also spent some time in class this week making sure everyone understood all assignments that are coming up. I shared this IMPORTANT FACT: The only homework between now and Thanksgiving are the following things (which are all on google classroom already):
(1) Read independent books, which will be handed out on Monday.
(2) Write book review on independent book, which is due November 16, and which you can learn more about on google classroom.
(3) Study you chosen vocabulary list for 10 minutes a week. (We will do more studying in class.) Lists are linked from google classroom and there are lots of ways to practice--have a family member quiz you, make flashcards, practice online at vocabulary.com, or play jams with your friends. Note: Students who feel they need an accommodation of fewer words or a different list can definitely ask!
Leftover homework in case you aren't quite there yet (that was already due):
(1) grammar game! I think there are only 1 or 2 missing!
(2) memorize lines and songs--might be a good idea to continue studying these