Wrapping up Wrinkle

by Mrs. Nilsen on November 30th, 2012

Weekly ELA News 12/3 - 12/7

It's been quite a ride.  I've loved focusing on a novel as a whole class.  It allows students who struggle to fully engage and participate.  It gives advanced readers a challenge to help deepen conversation and answer questions that the group comes up with along the way.  

We finished the last chapter today!  It was such an exciting time as an educator to watch how engaged they were!  It was silent.  Their attention was fully focused on our book.  It was FANTASTIC!!  We'll look at dissecting the book a bit more next week, but for today, I just wanted to revel in how much they were enjoying reading.  What a pleasure and a gift they gave me today.

Students began their "Story Cubes" this week - a project designed to help students show me what literary analysis elements they've learned about through the course of our novel study.  While we've been raptly following Meg and the plot, we've also increased our vocabulary with ideas and terms like metaphor, mood, theme, climax, characterization, and many more!  Students are to create a cube that visually and verbally shows their understanding of six elements of their choice.  The project is due next Friday, December 7th.  I'm so looking forward to seeing them up in our classroom!

Upcoming

Monday, December 3rd:
  • Candy Cane Shoppe set up in the Library. Kids will be allowed to preview after set up.
Tuesday, December 4th:
  • Candy Cane Shoppe Open
  • 6:30 p.m. MRA Board Meeting
  • Homework Club 3-4 pm
Wednesday, December 5th:
  • Candy Cane Shoppe Open
  • 12:15 Buddy Time
Thursday, December 6th:
  • Candy Cane Shoppe Open
Friday, December 7th:
  • Candy Cane Shoppe Open
  • Homework Club 3-4 pm
  • Dress Rehearsal in the afternoon for the program.
  • MRA Winter Program, 7:00 p.m. in the gym. Chairs are arriving at 5 and we could use some help getting them set up.
Important Dates:
  • December 11th: 2/3 Play, 2:00 p.m.
  • January 2nd: Teacher Planning Day
  • January 3rd: Back to School
  • January 15th: 5:30 to 6:30 Parent Night – Math and Homework
  • January 21st: MLK – No School
  • January 25th: All School Dance


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