Now the children are transitioning to another form of nonfiction writing: all-about books. This week, we have studied a variety of examples, and we have begun to play with some ideas. I am hoping that some of the children will ask you for help in finding materials related to their topics over the break. Writing nonfiction is helping us build our strategies for reading nonfiction, too. We are paying close attention to text features such as the table of contents, headings, the index, a glossary, captions below pictures, and various styles of teaching pictures (charts, diagrams, etc.) Writing an all about book is a huge undertaking, and the children will have the chance to write more than one to develop their skills throughout the process.
Finally, as we prepare to run outside and enjoy this incredible sunshine, I would like to share with you some of the answers the children gave when I asked, "What did you learn this week?" You will see a continued emphasis on insects and other minibeasts in the next several weeks, and we will spend a lot of time on pebblego.com. In case you have extra free time this week, your child has the username and password for pebblego on the homework packet. Enjoy!
Earthworms have five hearts. AC
Snails keep their eyes in their long tentacles. ZS
Insects have six legs. MD
Bees have a yellow black yellow black pattern. AK
Spiders have eight legs. HZ
Earthworms have a special ring for getting married. TB
Some snails are poisonous. AC
Some spiders are poisonous. MD
Snails have thousands of teeth. SM
Snails use their one big foot to move. AC
Earthworms don't have eyes. ZS
Earthworms live in the dirt. MD
As always, thank you for sharing your children with us. I hope you all have a lovely spring break, enjoying the time with your families. We'll see you in May!