April has been a splendid month. The students English skills have improved concurrently with the weather..
Because the first week was only a three day week, there were no science or social studies lessons. Our spelling lesson looked at words with vowel + r sounds. The students continued reading Animal Farm. We reviewed our previous journal assignments and wrote about our weekend. We began writing scripts for our end of year show in our research lesson.
In the second week we learned about words ending with er in our spelling class. In science we looked at describing matter using our senses. The students carried on reading Animal Farm and wrote some non-fiction about themselves. In social studies we had a review of the last unit. We prepared for our end of year presentation in our research lesson.
In week three we looked at laws in our social studies lesson. In science we investigated how to use tools to describe objects. Our spelling lesson was a review of the last four units. The students continued reading Animal Farm and wrote a creative story about the last tree. We continued to prepare for our end of year show in our research lesson.
In week four, our social studies lesson we discussed government and leaders. In science we investigated using magnets. Our spelling lesson was about words ending with ed or ing. The students continued reading Animal Farm and revisited two stories they wrote this month. We continued to prepare for our end of year show in our research lesson.
The writing pieces I have selected this month are: “The Only Tree Left” which is a fictional apocalyptic story about environmental catastrophe. Also, a non-fiction piece called “My Long Weekend” where the students wrote about their own life.
I am confident in the student’s continued improvement as we move onward toward the summer.
Paul F. Hiett