Well, the madness of March is over. Congratulations to the Wildcats who won the NCAA Tournament. The basketball caricatures have been on display and were found to be very amusing by everyone.
Students have been working hard during the last month 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 have the opportunity to perform some funny accounts through readers theatre.
We will wrap up our Fraction and Decimal unit during the second week of April. The next unit of study will be Geometry. The focus will be on translations and reflections.
Social Studies Ancient Civilizations
Hear ye, hear ye! Since we came back from March Break, our focus has been on the Middle Ages. 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, along with a power point presentation which will be created at school using the lap top programs. Students will have the opportunity to choose one of the Ancient civilizations for their presentation. This will be an inquiry based project focusing on specific aspects of daily life and the impact of the environment on that civilization. Towards the end of the unit we will be incorporating 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 that used these principles.
We will wrap up the unit with our traditional Medieval feast and tournament during the second week of May.