Posted on October 13, 2017
Aloha, Noio 2 Families!
It was a short but productive week, all the students returned to school excited to share their long weekend adventures. This week we dove deeper into our Inquiry and practiced more of Georgia Heardʻs writing activities. Our classroom definitely got into the swing of the Halloween spirit with Friday the 13th! We practiced quick writes, working independently on longer pieces, and group writing for our writer's workshop.
Our quick write this week was "25 Things that Make me Feel Good." The emphasis was to take something like "pizza" or "my cat" and turn it into a more descriptive feeling. Pizza became "an extra cheesy pizza, fresh from the oven," and cat went to "finding my cat curled on my bed when I come home." Taking these objects, people, or places and adding intention and detail helped transform a list into a detailed think piece.
In honor of Friday the 13th, and it being a couple weeks from Halloween, we had some fun with our group writing and got a little spooky with our project. Each table had to create a potion to add to a witches cauldron. This is such a fun project to observe the students sharing their opinions with their peers and collaborating to make one very spooky potion!
We continue to observe, question, and document in our Inquiry studies. Understanding how to be an "active observer" has been a great tool to practice when text coding, using BrainPop, and having class discussions. This week we reviewed the water cycle and added an extra layer of watershed knowledge. We created individual water cycles that can be seen on our classroom window. I encourage everyone to come by and see! We will be photographing and observing the changes in each mini ecosystem for the next two weeks.
Upcoming this week is the library visit Friday, October 20th. We agreed to make the due date for the books to be the day before, Thursday the 19th. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!