I can’t believe it’s already April! With the nicer weather, time seems to be flying by pretty quickly. It’s crazy to think that we only have 35 more school days left together as a 3M family.
Here’s a look at what’s happening inside 3M this week…
The focus this week (and last week) is determining the author’s purpose. We learned that although there are MANY different reasons an author may write, there are three main purposes. These purposes are: to persuade, to inform, and to entertain.
Here is our anchor chart we made:
We also viewed an excellent video lesson to help simplify the task! You can view the video lesson at home by going to http://www.learnzillion.com and then typing in the quick code LZ1857 into any search bar. It will take you directly to the lesson.
Next time you are reading with your child, ask them to tell you the author’s purpose. Have them explain their thinking…what evidence from the text made them think this way?
We are continuing to learn different algorithims for multidigit multiplication problems. Last week, we became experts on Partial Pproducts! This week, we are learning the Lattice Method. Today was our first day using this method and I was extremely impressed! The majority of the class enjoyed doing multiplication this way. It was exciting to see the students take ownership over their learning.
I know the Lattice Mthod can be confusing. I found a great video online that breaks it down. The video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cijuPxHgZAA
Please let me know if you have any questions over this and I would be happy to help.
We are extremely busy during writing time! We are wrapping up our year with personal narratives. The students are having fun writing about things that are important to them. I look forward to seeing our published pieces towards the end of the school year.
We also are researching and writing our Wax Museum speeches. The majority of the work is done at school. Once the speeches are finished, they will come home to be memorized. Each year, I am impressed with how well the students “become” their character.
How have you been doing as a reader the past few weeks? What are you proud of doing as a reader? Is there something you think you can improve?
Leave a comment with your response and then read at least 15 minutes tonight 🙂