- Valentine Celebrations: Mon, Feb. 13 and Tue, Feb. 14 The students voted to do something for Valentine's Day. So, students are welcomed to make/buy cards for classmates. You may include fun surprises like pencils, pens, erasers, grips, small toys, stickers, as long as it is NOT candy or edible food, please.
- PEC #3: Wed, Feb. 15 @ Hawthorne Memorial Center. Reminder to plan ahead for childcare.
- NO SCHOOL/HOMESCHOOL on Fri, Feb. 17 & Mon, Feb. 20 (President's Day: George Washingon & Abraham Lincoln)
- WJ #3 Due: Tue, Feb. 28 by 4:15 pm
- Fieldtrip coming soon: Look for an email and sign up genius link!
WRITING TIPS: It can be hard to figure out how to get your student to write a persuasive essay. For some students, persuasive speaking and thinking comes naturally. Yet for others, it may take a longer time for students to create reasons why to support their opinions. So, here are a few resources to help you get started.
1. Brainpop: Critical Reasoning-Don't believe everything you read or hear! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby teach you how to evaluate arguments. Learn how every argument can be broken down into reasons and logic that support a claim. Discover why facts and data are often stronger reasons than observations and opinions. And explore how logical fallacies and personal biases can make any argument fall apart. We're convinced you'll find these tools helpful for analyzing arguments and making better decisions about what to believe!
2. Persuasive Topics: This website gives you 101 topics to choose for your persuasive writing. www.ereadingworksheets.com/writing/persuasive-essay-topics/ Choose a few topics first before finding articles to support your claim.
3. LearnZillon: Writing a persuasive letter in response to an article of choice (use www.newsela.com or www.dogonews.com to find an article of interest) Go to: learnzillion.com/lesson_plans/5813-generate-reasons-and-evidence-to-prepare-for-writing This link is a series of videos that you and your student can watch together to understand the process of starting a persuasive writing.
4. Persuasive Organizers: Here are a variety of graphic organizers you could use to help your student focus and organize their persuasive writing.
5. Lesson Ideas: This website gives you great ideas of learning about persuasive writing using text from speeches, newspapers, etc.
6. Student Models: With your student, analyze and discuss models of persuasive writing from students. Make a quality indicator list of what is expected for this style of writing. Here are some websites with student models:
- k12.thoughtfullearning.com/resources/studentmodels#Grade 4
- k12.thoughtfullearning.com/studentmodels/plastic-paper-or-cloth (Grade 3-I know it is only one paragraph, but you can challenge your student to write more)
- www.nycsd.k12.pa.us/nms/tlowery/Sunchych/Per_para.pdf (This example shows persuasive essays, letters, and reviews
- academichelp.net/samples/academics/essays/persuasive/ (Even though these samples are above these grade levels, you can have conversations for quality indicators of a good persuasive writing.
Have fun sharing opinions and evidence to support your claim!
Fourth graders were introduced to a new strategy called Number Disks with division. It uses their place value knowledge to break apart numbers into groups. They also reviewed division problems and worked on explaining their process, ways to figure out if there is a remainder before solving the division problem, and played a Sudoku game.
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