Week 12 – Enjoy Spring Break!

Hello all,

It was great to see so many of you at the SLCs and to hear the conversations that were taking place between you and your children. I hope you enjoyed having the chance to look at their work and to chat about it.

We have a short week this week as spring break begins on Thursday.   In our interdisciplinary unit, the Future Forecast, students will be working to finish up their research early in the week.  Once the research is complete, they will be working together to truly understand the causes and effects of the global issue they chose. After that, they will start brainstorming possible solutions for their issue. Students will eventually present this project on April 20th.                                                                              
Wednesday is International Day at school, so students are encouraged to wear clothing that represents their heritage (it could be more than one country!) or their house shirts. I’m going to come in red, white and blue for the Union Jack!   

Also on Wednesday, we will introduce the second part of the Genre Wheel project.  This will involve the students comparing and contrasting two books from different genres that they have read.  They will need to prepare notes in advance (compare/contrast brain frame, for example) that help them to understand the similarities and differences in the elements of fiction in the two books.  For example, they could compare/contrast a nonfiction text about medieval history to a historical fiction novel set in the same period.  Or, they could compare/contrast a fantasy and a science fiction novel.  They could also compare and contrast two novels in different genres written by the same author (Alex London for example).  Some genres do lend themselves more favorably to comparing and contrasting, so I encourage you to ask your student questions about the books they have read in order to help them make some good choices.  We are introducing this before the break so they will have a chance to get a new book and read it (or, at least, some of it) during the break.  We will be scheduling our conferences once we get back from the break for the month of April.   

I hope everyone has a fantastic, fun filled, relaxing break. I am jetting off to LA to see my brother who is studying at USC – very excited! See you all soon 🙂

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