After this, we moved on to writing. We quickly reviewed yesterday's trip to the Field Museum and, as a group, wrote the introductory paragraph for our description of it. The students then began writing the rest of the chapter for their field trip books on their own. Some chose to continue our brainstorming and prewriting by making lists or idea webs of what they wanted to include in their writing pieces. Others simply began to write. The goal of today's writing session was to focus on anything related to dinosaurs or prehistoric life. The next writing session will see the students focusing on other exhibits, sights, experiences, etc. from the trip.
During reading, we began a new book: A Grain of Rice. Ask your child why the Emperor of China was so angry at the beginning of the story!
Today's math lesson involved rewriting horizontal addition problems in the vertical format. We also practiced explaining why we were taking certain steps in our solution process. In addition, I showed the students another method for solving addition problems like the ones they worked on today. See if you child can demonstrate it!
The specials class of the day was art. We learned about 'mindful minutes" during Inner Explorer. After afternoon recess, we moved on to science. We read and discussed the book Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! Scientific thinking changes over time. The premise of this book led to a dinosaur skeleton project. Ask your child to tell you why the image on the jigsaw puzzle is not accurate.
We ended the day with a brief introduction to the country of Japan. The book I Live in Tokyo gave us information about the food, holidays, traditional clothing, and other aspects of life in Japan. Tomorrow, the students will create an art project based on one of the celebrations described in the book. Ask your child which celebration he/she thinks it will be!
Parents, please check backpack mail for the permission slip for our next field trip. Thank you!