I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Labor Day weekend! We started off the day with a review of the expectations and procedures. Then, we did Day 6 of the Caring Community curriculum. This lesson's focus was on norms for class meetings, which was pretty much common sense (one person speaks at a time, look at the speaker, etc.).
We are in week 2 of the Launching Literacy unit and today's focus was on the strategy of retelling and how it helps with comprehension. So practice it, I had each class help retell each read-aloud. With my homeroom, we had time to do an extra activity. I wanted them to come up with a summary of the White Mountains, which is the book I have been reading aloud to the class. However, they could only choose 6 events thus far so they had to really prioritize.
In writing, I went over the writing process and the role that writing conferences play in developing writers. I also discussed how I used the writing process before. Back when I taught at Palisades Park, I used to contribute to a magazine called My School Rocks!. Each issue had a feature titled Ask Dr. STEM in which students would submit a STEM-related question and a teacher would answer it. I submitted about five articles and I had to operate under the following parameters:
1) 300 words or less (sometimes 250 or less)
2) Answer the question thoroughly in kid friendly language
So I shared with the class how I had to revise my rough drafts multiple times, not just to make the wording better but also to make sure that each word counted considering the limit. Then, I would sometimes have to revise again after my editor send back my final copy.
In science, we did the second week of inquiry and the scientific method. Today's question was:in which type of water will a gummy bear expand faster in: salt water, fresh water, or they will both expand at the same rate.