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The News from Grades 4 and 5 May 23, 2016
Our Fantasy Fiction book clubs are going really well. You will likely see your child bringing his/her book home, though they’ll often finish assignments in school. In addition to reading the assigned chapters, making notes to spur discussions is an important part of being prepared. In every meeting kids score themselves (and I score them) on preparedness and participation.
Many kids have almost finished their latest argument essays. Doing the research, organizing the notes and drafting the arguments are all tall orders, especially for 4th graders. What is most important is that kids understand that 1) all their reasoning should point back to their one solid claim 2) each reason be explained in its own paragraph and should be supported by evidence 3) the introduction and conclusions will clearly state the claim and review/preview the reasons.
Field Trips: We will have morning science field trips for both 4th (Prospect Farm) and 5th (@ TMCC Jackson field station with 6th gr) on May 27th and on June 10th (4th grade with me and Miss Kinsey at the field station). Parent helpers would be great on any of these. Let me know the sooner the better, but any time is OK.
· Math page(s)
· Reading each night – 40 minutes at least
· Writing – 30 minutes – EITHER revising/editing/completing your argument essay OR choosing an article from TFK an writing a 6 sentence, mini- argument essay on the same topic
· Science for 5th grade: none this week… again
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