Greetings, Parents and Students! I hope that everyone is enjoying the spring sunshine and warmth (and occasional days of rain!) Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from our classes this month.

In Grammar, we finished a section on verbs by looking at linking verbs. Then we moved into contractions, which helped to review and support what we had covered on contractions in Spelling the previous week. Finally, we have moved into a unit on writing instructions. The focus is on giving clear, complete, specific directions on how to do something we are very familiar with, such as brushing our teeth.

In Reading, we have been working on the nonfiction informational text, ‘Jellies: The Life of Jellyfish.’ In addition to learning about jellyfish, we used this story to scan for elements such as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person voice and facts versus opinions. After we finished reading the story, I got to see how well everyone comprehended the many facts. Lastly, each student received a paper with half a sentence from the story. They circulated among each other to read or recite their halves and find the student who could finish their sentence. Since facts and opinions were such an important element, we wrote one Journal that gave facts about a topic of our choice and then our opinions on that topic.

In Science class, we have been deeply immersed in space! Rotation and revolution of space objects has been a major topic. We saw how the planets move by acting out their orbits and rotations ourselves (with me as the Sun in the middle!) We made a minibook about the Moon’s different phases full of words and descriptions. Since space was such a big topic, we crafted one fiction Journal about an alien from another solar system who visits Earth.

In Social Studies, we have started learning the basics of economy—goods, services, money, and human and capital resources. Research has given a chance to see how people have used such resources in the building of famous structures: The Great Wall, Taj Mahal, and Petra, Jordan. One great activity we all enjoyed this month was designing our own buildings that used elements of Indian architecture seen in the Taj Mahal. Students did an incredible job with this!

I look forward to another month of learning!

Sincerely,

Teacher Robyn