Our class is finishing up our reading of the amazing tale of discovery and exploration in
Lewis and Clark
. Journaling, acting out a play, singing a song, and many other activites have been a part of this unit of study. The students are learning how this great journey west had brought to life the first crossing of what would become the United States. Sent by President Thomas Jefferson to find the fabled Northwest Passage, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the most important expedition in American history. It was truly a voyage of danger and discovery from St. Louis to the headwaters of the Missouri River, over the Continental Divide to the Pacific. It was the Uniited States' first exploration of the west and one of our nation's most enduring adventures. Please ask your child about their most recent Literature Discussion Group. I am so proud of their engagement in this process! Mrs. Grace was volunteering in the room and was a facilitator with one of the groups. It is amazing to notice how the students are developing into mature student-let discussion groups. The students will continue to develop these skills as we enter their new "Book Clubs" in the coming weeks.
Of course, all this expository background of prior knowledge can stop here. This foundation along with more guidance of persuasive writing style will serve as the topic of their next writing piece. Persuasive - Was the Lewis and Clark exploration a success?
Social Studies has been moving along in the midwest region. Ask your child the meaning of "Mark Twain." They may teach you a fun fact you didn't know. Hint: being a nautical community you may already know the answer.
We're wrapping up fractions and will assess next Monday. Then continuing on with area and perimter in greater detail.
Math MCAS is on both May 9th and 10th. Please keep up with Fast Math and Study Island.
Science will pick up just after MCAS with electricity and magnetism.
Last Modified: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013
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