I haven't updated the blog for a long time, and so much has happened! As I am getting ready to send the report cards home tomorrow, I look back at the fantastic work that students have done over the last few months and I feel so proud of what they have accomplished! This is a wonderful class of motivated and engaged learners... They work hard in all their projects and they are making so much progress!
We are now moving on to Reader's Theatre to practice the skills of speaking clearly and expressively in French in front of an audience. Our four teams are working very well together at rehearsing their texts already! Each student has a copy of their script to take home for practice. I recommend rehearsing each line many times in a row, until it flows fluently and starts to sound natural. Then try to add the character voice and expression.
In French writing, we have been learning about using a variety of connecting words to organize our writing. We are now learning how to structure a "sandwich" paragraph with a topic sentence, 3 supporting details and a conclusion sentence. Plus, we are using our connecting words to link our ideas together.
In January, we have been working on multiplying multi-digit numbers. The progress has been phenomenal and most students can now multiply 3-4 digit X 1 digit numbers with good accuracy. Most students are now working on multiplying by a 2 digit number.
Oral French, Classroom responsibilities and "Magasin" (store)
Each month, students also volunteer for a classroom responsibility and receive classroom money for their contribution to our learning environment. This Friday, we will have our first "market day". Students who wish to do so will have a chance buy things from (and sell things to) their classmates (to be bought with classroom money, not real money!). We discussed the following ideas of things to sell: crafts you have made, cookies, stuffies or toys that you don't play with, used books that you've read and you don't want to keep, etc. Students will have time tomorrow (Thursday) in class to either make things to sell at their store, prepare signs for their store, etc. On Friday morning, we will open our market for the first time. Students will have other chances to participate in the market in later months as well, if it doesn't work this week.
Using their new paragraph writing skills, students are now writing a persuasive text in Science about "The Most Important Organ in the Human Body", trying to make their point with at least 3 good reasons. Of course, as students share their thinking, we are also realizing that all the body systems and organs are interconnected and that one cannot function without another! Great discussions and great insight!