Weekly Update from Ms. Webster
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We began reading The One and Only Ivan this week. They continue to work critical thinking while reading and summarizing with only the main idea (leaving out the details). We all loved learning about Ivan's background and that he spent his last years at the Atlanta Zoo. Katherine Applegate does a phenomenal job of allowing us to see Ivan's story from his perspective. The students love doing projects for their assessment, so I am allowing them to do whatever they want this month that represents our book. They can do an art piece, writing or technology project (or anything else creative they come up with). I am always looking from them to go over and beyond. The robot projects were the perfect example of excellent projects! You all should be very proud of your children! In March, the students get to choose their own book. I've decided to wait another year for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. So we will be reading Snow and Rose by Emily Winfield Martin for the April/May book.
We began reading the classic, Where the Red Fern Grows this week. The students continue to work on critical reading skills by annotating their thoughts, questions, epiphanies (aha moments), theories, connections and symbolism they notice while reading. These will be collected for their grade at the end of the month and we will culminate the reading by either watching the original movie, Where the Red Fern Grows or watching the sequel (I will let the students vote on which they would rather watch). I've decided not to do The Lightning Thief this year because we need time to do a Mythology Unit prior to reading it in order for us to be critical readers of the book. So the two books that will be split between March, April and May will be Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 55 by Richard Paul Evans and the award-winning historical fiction Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson.
We began Hamilton: The Revolution this week. We are going through the book with the music first so the kids have a broad understanding of the storyline. At home, the kids should be listening again to what we listened to in class that day (they can listen to it for free on youtube) and reading the annotations and start reading the articles that go with the songs. Next week, they will sign up for their first podcast and start preparing for it. This will be a new experience for all of us and I am so excited to see where it leads us!
As always, thank you for sharing your amazing babies with me! Premo is a special school and I'm so lucky that I am living my dream teaching job! Have an incredible week!