Reading Non-fiction Literature

by Mrs. Nilsen on October 7th, 2012

Weekly Science News - 10/1-10/5

I know what you're thinking.  Mrs. Nilsen is crazy and is mixing her ELA and Science blog up...but NO!  This week in Science, we spent our time doing that crazy activity we usually see in English class: READING!  I brought over 100 science books from the Multnomah County Library by my house down to our classroom for students to learn from.  Our students are going to have to do research at different points during the year and need tools and strategies for decoding, comprehending, and analyzing non-fiction literature.  We learned how to quickly "steal" information from browsing a text (THIEVES strategy - used for previewing and selecting good non-fiction literature).  

The latter part of the week focused on organizing the information we learned from non-fiction texts.  We looked at four different graphic organizers and learned how each can be used to sort key information, main ideas, cool facts, and important concepts.  Students are now using Venn Diagrams, KWL charts, and other organizers to prepare for a book report on a space/solar system topic of their choice.  We will continue our exploration of non-fiction science literature next week.


Monday, October 8th
·         Scrip Orders are due!  Please complete a scrip order form, available in the office or on the school website. This is a no cost to you fundraiser where MRA receives a percentage of your purchase without costing you a dime!
Tuesday, October 9th
·         Subway Lunch orders due no later than 3:30 p.m. (later orders will not be accepted) – Please pay separate from your pizza order.
·         6:30 p.m. MRA Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 10th
·         Subway Lunch
·         9:00 a.m. Fire Prevention Assembly grades K-5
·         Early Release – 1:00 pm      
·         Pizza orders and money due no later than 1:30 p.m.  (late orders will not be accepted)
Thursday, October 11th
Friday, October 12th
·         Pick up your scrip order in the office
·         Jog-a-thon and Hoop-a-thon money due today by 2:00 p.m.
·         Pizza Lunch
·         Book Fair set up in the Library
Dates Coming Up At MRA:
·         October 9th, 6:30 p.m.: MRA Board Meeting
·         October 15th through October 20th:  Book Fair
·         October 15th, 8:30 a.m.: Picture Retakes
·         October 18th, 3:15 p.m.:  Auction Meeting at MRA
·         October 19th: No School Teacher Planning Day
·         October 20th : Harvest Festival, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
·         October 24th, 3:00 p.m.: First Aid, CPR Class $35.00
·         October 25th, 5:00 p.m.: Parent Education - Dyslexia
·         October 31st: Teacher Planning Day – No School
·         November 1st and 2nd: Parent Conferences – No School  (Note: Sixth through Eighth Grade Conferences will be scheduled in an open format in the gym with specials teachers available .  These will be held on Thursday, November 1st from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. in roughly ten minutes segments. You do not need to sign up for these.  Specials teachers will include Rachel Bythe, Jessie Paulson, Debbie Hood, Jenny Cook, and Danielle Reeber.  If you would like to schedule a separate conference time with any of the middle school teachers please contact us specifically and we will schedule a time with you on Friday the second.)

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