April Newsletter…From the Palumbo Press
Well, the madness of March is nearly over. Final Four is this weekend, and I can’t wait. Those students who filled out their brackets are anxiously waiting to see who the winner will be. The basketball caricatures have been on display and were found to be very amusing by everyone. Hopefully, April will bring us much needed warmth and sunshine!
Congratulations to Nick Barron and Noah Duggan who were our students of the month for being so inquisitive.
Students have been working hard during the last month on our learning goal, making inferences. They have had much practise during guided and shared reading to predict, connect and infer about the events in the text. Most have been able to make accurate inferences based on relevant connections. Some are still struggling to read between the lines and look for evidence in the text. When reading with your child at home, ask them to infer what they think is going to happen or what they can infer about the character’s traits. Remember that it doesn’t always have to be stated directly…try to read between the lines, using clues given in the text.
We have been reading and writing about humourous accounts and will be wrapping up the unit by the end of the month. Students will also have the opportunity to perform some funny accounts through readers theatre.
Towards the end of April we will begin a poetry unit in which students will have the opportunity to read and write a variety of poems. They will then assemble their collection of poems into an anthology which will be bound. They will then present their poems during our poetry café.
Our measurement unit will conclude next week with a summative test. We have been measuring perimeter and area of regular and irregular shapes using metric units (primarily mm, cm, m and km). Students should refer to the benchmarks we established in class to help when checking the reasonableness of their answers.
Next will be our transformational geometry unit which will focus on being able to translate, reflect and rotate figures as well as identifying lines of symmetry. I will include an interactive site on the blog to help with these concepts.
Once again, all students are encouraged to practice with Xtramath. The few students who have been using the program on a regular basis have shown much improvement.
Hear ye, hear ye! Since we came back from March Break, our focus has been on the Middle Ages. We created a timeline in our classroom which spans from 3000 BCE to present day, 2014 CE. Students have studied where and when this time period took place, along with learning about the Feudal System and all of the roles of the individuals in the society.
Assignments for this unit will include letters, written in the various roles, maps, and posters to compare present day life to life in the Middle Ages. Once we finish learning about the Medieval Times, students will then inquire about another ancient civilization between 3000 BCE and 1500 CE. Through their inquiries, they will report on the significant similarities between that civilization and present day. Towards the end of the unit we will be revisiting the science concepts dealing with gears and pulleys. Both were used during the Medieval Times, and students will have the opportunity to create simple machines (trebuchet) that used these principles.
A feast and tournament will be planned for the end of the unit sometime in the beginning of May. Details will follow.