Happy New Year and welcome back! It's been an exciting week coming back to school, sharing holiday stories and getting back into the routine. We've jumped back into our pattern math unit as well as our UoI 'How we express ourselves'.
Before the holiday, students had been working on their own comic, making sure to include a problem and solution, and consider a story mountain when planning. The tricky part was planning a story that would fit in only 7 or 8 boxes! This week, students finished their comics and traded with a partner. The partner then wrote the story - their version of what was happening in the comic. Then they shared this story with the comic creator. On Friday, students reflected on the process, using the key concepts:
* Function: How do pictures tell a story?
* Connection: How was creating a comic connected to other things we've been working on in reading and writing?
* Reflection: What made it difficult to write the story using the comic? What was helpful?
In Daily 5, we've been reviewing the use of capitals and full stops, even during free writing. We also had a mini lesson to help us use punctuation when reading, making sure we pause at the right places and use ! and ? to help with expression.
In math, we investigated different pictures of objects and used our observation and thinking skills to justify why one was considered a pattern and the other was not. Students began to make the connection between pictures and symbols in patterns. We looked at some patterns that were increasing by 2, but others were doubling the previous amount, or increasing by multiples of 5. On Friday, students participated in a 'Chalk Talk' where they had a silent conversation on paper. Next week we will discuss their 'Chalk Talk' in more detail as we begin to fully transfer meaning, changing pictures into symbols and applying our understanding of patterns. Their 'Chalk Talk' statement was: "Pictures can change into words and numbers to help us understand." Next week will be our last week with this math unit, and then we will be moving onto money.
We explored the book Journey, using our observation, predicting, and inferring skills. This story is told using only pictures. Next week, students will explore this story in more depth using a 'story mountain' and then begin to write the text to accompany the pictures.
Students looked at various pieces of art and chose an artist they liked, based on their style of art. We are beginning to research these artists in class, learning how to take notes and eventually synthesising their information into sentences. Students have chosen a picture by their artist to recreate (but with a twist!) in art class. In the next few weeks, they will be working very hard on this integrated project.
We are looking forward to wrapping up this third unit of inquiry in the next few weeks, but will also be sharing both the processes and products from this unit with parents on Friday, 27 January. More information will be coming home shortly, but we will be having a small 'How we express ourselves' exhibition where your child will be sharing about their experiences and pieces they created throughout this unit. We hope you can make it!
We are 7 and 8 year old students who live in Singapore. Our teacher, Ms. Luttrell, will be helping us write blog posts throughout the year!
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