The 3rd quarter was full of many fun learning experiences!
This quarter students worked on several engaging cross-curricular projects.
Famous Americans Projects
Some of the final products
Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils Projects
Our first writing unit was personal narratives. We read examples of personal narratives and students learned about writing “seed stories.” This strategy teaches writers to zoom in on a small moment within a broader topic. Here’s one of the anchor charts we made in class about seed stories:
Here are some examples of student pre-writing (or brainstorming) to plan ideas for seed stories:
Another skill students learned was how to organize their ideas into paragraphs. We looked at example’s in the books we read and then students learned the rules for paragraphs. Here’s the anchor chart we made in class:
Here’s examples of students using paragraphs and editing their writing with paragraph proofreading marks:
Additionally, students learned about how to write a great beginning to hook their reader, how to organize their writing by telling the story bit by bit, and how to make their writing more interesting by including sensory details and dialogue between characters (“write the character’s exact words”).
We also learned about similes and wrote “Fall is…” Poems using similes. Those poems are now displayed on the bulletin board in the hallway outside our classroom.