This was an exciting and busy week, as we continued exploring instructional writing, measurement and matter!
In writing, students looked at different examples of instructions. They worked with teams to determine what was needed. Students agreed that instructions need: materials/ingredients listed, the steps (either with numbers or using time order words), a title and bossy verbs. Ask your child to explain bossy verbs! We had listened to the book Little Miss Bossy to help us identify bossy verbs, too. During a group discussion, students were able to come up with a variety of bossy verbs that could be used when writing about sports, music class, library, packing up, and when at home. Students reflected on their own instructional writing, giving themselves 2 stars and a wish, and then drafting a new copy and including some of the necessary items not included the first time.
We visually represented our ideas about measurement early in the week. Students had two tasks.
Task1: Think about the word measure. Draw how you thinking measuring looks. Think about the tools that might be used.
Task 2: When and where do we measure things? Why do we measure things? Draw or write your ideas.
Most students visualised ways to measure length, which is where we focused our initial exploring using nonstandard measurement tools to measure items around the classroom. We collected measurement data and with Mr. Gallagher's help on Thursday, turned this data into bar graphs on the computer. After the break, we will explore other ways to measure matter, specifically looking at weight and capacity.
Students explored nonfiction books and the importance of the contents, index, page numbers and key words in a library lesson on Tuesday. With a partner, they chose a nonfiction book that related to our unit. We can't wait to start reading these! Students each had their own Matter booklet which was used throughout the week to collect information about solids, liquids and gases. We also worked with our groups to come up with questions, and practiced sorting solids, liquids and gases with some online activities.
Friday was International Day and more pictures will be coming soon!
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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