We've been working on descriptive writing. We've read a variety of texts that are good, and not so good, examples of descriptions.
This week the students were asked to draw a picture of a monster/alien/creature. Then they were asked to write detailed descriptions of their drawing. These written descriptions need to be written well enough for someone else to recreate the same picture using only the written description to guide them. We'll be sharing our written descriptions with a class in Michigan. We're looking forward to seeing their interpretations of our creatures. We'll also being drawing pictures based on the written descriptions the students in Michigan made.
In the weeks to come we will continue our work on descriptive writing, instructional writing (i.e. writing instructions), parts of speech and spelling. Some of the reading we do in class will draw from the content we are studying in Social Studies.
Be sure to visit your child's blog. It contains examples of their writing and art projects. It would be great if you could leave them a comment.
We've finished up our unit on measurement and graphing data that involves time. We have just started our next unit on 2 and 3-D geometry. Check out the links under Geometry in the Math section of our site for further practice.
We are almost finished our work on Rocks and Minerals (Grade 4) and Conservation of Energy (Grade 5) and will be launching into our next unit in January (Pulleys and Gears: Grade 4, Forces: Grade 5). Visit the Science page of this site for links and activities connected to the topics we will be covering this year.
We will be continuing are work on Canada's Provinces,Territories & Regions (Grade 4) and Canadian Government (Grade 5) in the weeks to come through a variety of readings and research gathering activities. Visit the Social Studies page of this site for links and activities connected to these topics.
I'm sure many of you are aware that music has started. I've challenged students to try and achieve at least five "recorder karate" belts before the holidays begin. The students should have all the songs and fingering charts they need. It is up to each student to decide which level they should begin.
I created a website called PortableRecorder.ca which provides many audio and visual resources to help the students learn the songs.