Weekly Newsletter for Ms. Hahn’s Class – April 27-May 1
The Week at a Glance:
OUR TOP 10
10. Miss Green on Thursday*
9. May is here! 21 days of school left!
8. The character Carl in As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth
7. Some students represented our class performing for the Volunteer Breakfast
6. Opinion Writing format found in today’s Poetry Friday lesson poem!**
5. Opinion Writing Unit is finished
4. Making Little Free Library design proposals in Library
3. Mr. Bauer got taped to the wall (to benefit Pennies for Patients)
2. Erika is Student of the Month!
1. Hugo’s Birthday!
Reading: We worked some with character traits and finding evidence (page, paragraph, sentence) to back up our choice of traits. Reading was sidelined a bit by writing this week in the push to finish opinion writing.
Writing: Why the push to finish opinion writing? I want to give the students the last month of school to write on the topics of their choice. There will be parameters, and at least one finished project will be required, but as Nancie Atwell (one of my teacher heroes) reminded me recently in an article she wrote, TIME and CHOICE are the most powerful innovations in any classroom. You don’t need electronics to innovate. Genius Hour has proved that, hasn’t it?!?
Word Study: Our roots this week related to writing: scrip- and scrib-
Hahn Math: We finished up our geometry unit and will move on to problem solving that reviews and reinforces everything we’ve taught this year.
Science: This week was a review of Earth and Space, Life, and Physical Science in preparation for the ODE End of Year Science test on Tuesday.
Tuesday, May 5 – ODE End of Year Science test
Friday, May 22 1-3:30 – Field Day
Monday, June 1 – In-house 5th Grade Celebration
Tuesday, June 2 – Last Day of School
This-n-That From the Top Ten:
*The class had a “Guest Teacher Failure” when I was absent for my initial eye appointment/dilation on 4/13. They (not in every case, but on the whole) were not able to remain true to themselves and behave the way they would behave with me. I told them afterwards, that if they can only behave when I’m in front of the classroom, then I have failed them and they have failed themselves. They need to be the good people they truly are, no matter who is leading the classroom. They proved they could do that on Thursday with Miss Green. (My eye is fine – no detached retina, just an annoying sudden pop-up of new floaters. Aging stinks, by the way….)
**I was so impressed – blown over, really – when, after I shared the mini-lesson poem with the class (a poem featuring personification, which was my reason for selecting it), Erika pointed out that the structure of the poem matched the structure of a piece of opinion writing. The first stanza was like an introduction with three examples, the next three stanzas elaborated on each of the examples, one at a time, and the final stanza was a conclusion. SCORE! Thanks for lifting my lesson to a whole new level, Erika!
I have put photos from the last couple of weeks of Genius Hour in the slideshow at the top of our class webpage. Check it out: http://dwe228.weebly.com/