Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Opinion Writing

Our young authors have begun to learn about opinion writing. The learning target is: students can write their opinion, give a few reasons to support it and end with a concluding statement. Our topic was "Should we eat turkey for Thanksgiving?"

After reading Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano, the class brainstormed reasons for and against this traditional holiday food. You can see in the photo of our class chart that they came up with very thoughtful ideas for each side of the argument. This was a great opportunity to engage in the complete writing process (from brainstorming to drafting to sharing a final piece). Next week, they will exercise their creative muscles by designing a special turkey disguise to go along with this fun read aloud.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Exploring 2D and 3D shapes

In math, we have shifted our learning to geometry. Students are eagerly exploring two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes in many different ways. We created a large Venn diagram to compare and contrast these two types of shapes. Similarities include they both have length, height and straight edges. Important differences include 3D shapes have width and "faces" while 2D shapes are flat and do not have faces. We have spent lots of time putting shapes together to make new shapes, drawing 3D shapes (which gets easier with practice!) and using iPad apps to manipulate 2D shapes into different designs. Invite your child to further describe the attributes of 2D and 3D shapes and to find examples of both in your house!