Here's what's happening in room 101 this week:
6th GOAL & 8th GOAL: These classes will be in the library this week, becoming experts on the topics they've chosen for their Independent Research Projects. It will be a great unit with a wide range of topics... everything from the stock market to poison dart frogs, from the abortion controversy to constellations... everything from the Eiffel Tower to survival skills. These projects are always a highlight of my year. I love experiencing the results when kids are finding their learning passion!
7th GOAL: Students will be continuing their unit on consumer testing, moving from paper towels to bubble gum. They're designing their own experiments, collecting data, and graphing the results.
7th Language Arts: Students will be working on Writer's Workshop this week. On Tuesday and Thursday, we'll be in the classroom working on rough drafts, revisions, and peer conferencing. On Wednesday and Friday, we'll be in the lab typing. The grading scale for Writer's Workshop is as follows:
4+ final draft pages (must include 3rd pen pal letter) = A
3-4 final draft pages (must include 3rd pen pal letter) = B
1-3 final draft pages (must include 3rd pen pal letter) = C
1 page or less of final draft (must include 3rd pen pal letter) = D
The deadlines for Writer's Workshop are:
January 24: Teacher Edit box closes... no new pieces will be accepted for teacher edit after this date
February 3: Final Draft deadline... any writing that students want to count for their Writer's Workshop grade must be finished by this time
For spelling this week, we'll be focusing on words that come from Spanish. On Monday, we'll take the pretest and work on the book assignment. Pretest corrections and p. 106 (1-20) are due Wednesday. On Thursday, we'll review the words and take the posttest.
Week 17 Spelling Words