During writer's workshop this week, our emphasis has been on literary essays: writing about reading. We've read short stories by Cynthia Rylant as a class and with partners in order to experience the story and read empathetically -- trying to see through a character's eyes. Today, we delved deeply into thinking about a character's traits, motivations, struggles, and changes.
Also today, we started small book groups with each group of three choosing their own books to read and share over the next month. At each weekly meeting, each group member will have a specific responsibility. These include the discussion director, illustrator, connector, summary sage, and literary luminary. Some of the titles the groups chose were Artemis Fowl, Hatchet, Tale of Desperaux, Lemonade War, Witches, and Phantom Tollbooth.
Meanwhile in math, we've examine and created bar and line graphs as well as scatter plots and discussed the uses of each. Of course, we also interpreted the data (votes) for the election and compared how the class, school, county, state and nation voted with one another. Within the next two weeks, we plan to continue number sense by exploring fractions, decimals, ratios, and percents.