Second grade will start the week with a formative assessment for our literature study. The kids will be reading a poem by Carl Sandburg and writing a short reflection. The rest of our time will be spent investigating imagery. How do authors use words to paint pictures in the minds of readers? What are sensory images? The kids will be reading a variety of picture books and identifying what words create pictures in their minds. At home, ask your child to use words to describe things using words that impact what they see, hear, smell, taste, and feel. When you are reading at bedtime, ask what words helped to create an image in your child's head. What helped to make a movie in their mind?
Third grade will begin with a formative assessment for our literature unit using a fable. The students will be reflecting on a question based on the moral of the tale. We will then focus on change and different types of change. Can change be put into different categories? We will use the work we did with Pink and Say last week to connect to the larger concept of change. The kids will also be working in groups, reading a short story by Cynthia Rylant, to identify how parts of the story can be categorized by change. At home try to integrate the theme of change into conversations you have. How do families change? What changes naturally compared to change created by people? What change is orderly vs chaotic change?
Fourth grade will continue dissecting the short story "The Power of Light" about two children in Warsaw during WWII. The kids will work in groups to find connective threads between this story and a novella titled The Mozart Question about musicians who were forced to play at concentration camps in Germany. We will be using Paul's Reasoning Model, http://education.wm.edu/centers/cfge/_documents/curriculum/teachingmodels/reasoningweb.pdf, please check it out and ask your son or daughter to use this web with books you are reading at home.
Fifth grade will also begin the week with a formative assessment, used to guide my instruction, based on a short story and some higher-level questions to show deep understanding of this complex text. We will then begin reading a short story from Finland called "The Hemulen Who Loved Silence" to better understand how change within a character can impact change within the system of a community. At home, try to identify different systems that a fifth grader interacts with. School is a system, so is a neighborhood, but what other systems do fifth graders interact with?