There is only one climax per book.
As you try to think about what the resolution for the story might be, go back and look at the problem. What was the problem? The resolution is how the problem got solved. (It has the word "solution" in it.) By the way, the problem and resolution should give you insight into what kind of conflict is going on.
Orals shouldn't run more than ten minutes. That's why we don't spend much time on rising or falling action. Maybe a minute each is enough!
The next oral for the second trimester is a poster. The rubric is on the website here. There are samples from last year you can look at in the classroom.
I have JUST enough drivers now. I wouldn't mind one more, just in case.
As much as I'd like to, I can't post the book project directions on the web site. They are copyrighted material. They are posted in the classroom all trimester. Students are supposed to copy their own project directions the day they sign up for them and put them in the reading section of their 3-ring binder. (They amount to a sentence or two, usually. It's not too much to ask kids to copy.)
The district email is still glitchy. You can reach me through my home email. :)
We've switched our time for going to Annie to the afternoon show on November 21. We will eat lunch in the classroom. Don't worry--kids who buy hot lunch will still be able to go to the lunchroom and pick up their lunch and bring it to the room. Then we will drive to the community auditorium by the pool for the show. We are using parent drivers. So far I have three parent drivers who have paid, and one more who told me she plans to come. That means so far I can carry 14 students (and maybe 19). I have 27 students and me. Three or four students won't need a ride. So I'm planning on needing seats for 25. Obviously, I still need drivers!
We have a Veteran's Day assembly at 9:30 on Nov. 8. You are all invited to attend. The posters that students in the school made about veterans and relatives in the service are on display in the hall by the office. They look great.
The second round of book project presentations start tomorrow. Now that we've done book projects once before, I expect the students will be better prepared this time. We will start with volunteers, then go to application level projects, then analysis, evaluation, and synthesis.
Presentations of the last big reading projects for the trimester start on Nov. 18. The vets present first. Students will use a Power Point presentation to give an oral book report comparing an independent reading book with one of their genre reading books. They can choose to compare plot and setting OR they can choose to compare character and theme. There are templates of both kinds of Power Points in the Kragen classroom folder at school. The templates are also both posted in the Elementary Materials page on this site, along with the rubric for the Power Point presentation.
Please add Annie to our class calendar! Mrs. Fairchild and I will be taking both classes to the KCMT production on the morning of Nov. 21. It starts at 9:45, so we will probably leave school about 9 am. We will each be looking for drivers/chaperones to join us.
The book projects on the first genre books are due next week. We had time for just one to be presented today--it was a good kick-off! On Friday we will have the last of the first trimester poetry readings as the fourth graders finally get to have their turn.
I sent home information about Market Day today. And I also sent home a form that the office would like returned as soon as possible.
Students had time to work in the lab to fix the formatting on the worksheets for their genre reading books. About half got done, and I expect the rest will finish tomorrow.
My math group that's doing 6th grade math finished their first chapter test yesterday. I sent the tests home today and told the kids their homework was to fix all their errors with their parents, have their parents sign the test, and bring their tests back tomorrow. I want to make sure you see how you child is doing! We spent our math period doing something very different and fun--I taught them an unusual method of subtraction. They are supposed to teach you the method tonight. I hope you enjoy it!
Does your child come home telling you about the new word of the day every day? Do you get to see the Daily Dictionary or the Basic Cell sentence sheet every day? Here is a sample of what one page from the Daily Dictionary should look like! You will have to ask your child about the motions that go with the words. :)
Trish Torres very kindly made up a contact list for our class from the people who signed up on the Parent Curriculum Night. If you weren't at the meeting that night and want to be part of the list, email me and I will let her know.
Ask kids tonight about prepositions and onions!
The class is learning 50 prepositions. The ultimate goal is to be able to write them in order, spelled correctly. Right now everyone is concentrating on learning them orally. Test your child to see how many they can say! The list is in Style Stuff, in your child's folder in the writing section and on the elementary materials page of this site.
In the LA/spelling section of your child's 3-ring binder. look for the Basic Cells (Greek and Latin Roots): Human and Human Activity 1 sentence sheet. We have done the first two parts so far this week:
democracy = government by the people
philanthropy = giving money away (to help people)
See how well your child is doing. Can you help them write more complete sentences?
Look through the things I sent home. One was the invitation to the Fall Family Fun Night. So far I have 11 replies out of 27!
If you couldn't make it, I sent home all all the handouts and my notes, so I hope that helps.
Market Day dates are not on the calendar, so here they are:
Also not on the calendar are the core words tests. They happen every Monday, 20 words at a time. We had the first 20 words Monday, Sept. 9, and we will have core words 21-40 next Monday, Sept. 16.