Monday, October 29, 2012

October 30, 2012

Upcoming Dates:
Individual Picture Money Due - Wednesday, Oct. 31
Spelling Test - Friday, Nov. 2
Vocabulary Test Lesson 5 - Nov. 9
Class Pictures - Friday, Nov. 2
Fall Book Fair - Nov. 12-16
Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 21-23

We started our study of Poetry.  We have discussed different characteristics of poetry such as the idea that  a poem can rhyme or it does not have rhyme, that it looks different than other writing, and that any topic could be used for the idea of a poem. We learned the difference between free verse and lyric poetry. The students are working to write their own poems.

We are reading poetry in class.  We have read all different types and some were funny and silly and others were more serious.  
The students are also working in Book Clubs reading nonfiction books and practicing their note taking strategy.  These notes will be used to write a summary about the nonfiction book.

We are continuing with Bar Graphs, and the students have learned how to gather information and make a bar graph from it.  The students will also be using their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills as we read bar graphs to solve problem solving problems.

The students are finishing up a project about the Water Cycle.  We have discussed all the parts that occur in the water cycle, including the definitions of each and the fact that the sun plays a major role in starting the evaporation part of the cycle. Once the evaporation happens, then the rest of the water cycle occurs. 

Social Studies
We are working on our culminating project for the Regions of Texas. Each student has chosen a region and is in the process of making a travel brochure.  The students will use the chart that each has filled in to help them with the information that will be put onto the brochure.