Friday already marks the end of the 2nd quarter of the 2013-2014 school year. Last quarter in reading we determined and described the overall structure of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text. We also practiced interpreting information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g. in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, etc.) In addition we compared and contrasted firsthand and secondhand accounts of the same event or topic and then integrated information from two texts on the same topic in order to write about it knowledgeably (we'll continue this objective next quarter.)
In writing we wrote information pieces, particularly ones written about 4th grade subject matter (mostly science).
In science, we used fossils to help us understand the changes in the surface of the Earth as evidence of the history of Earth and its changing life forms. We also looked at the earth before and after undergoing changes.
Next quarter we will practice explaining major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and we will practice referring to the structural elements of poems (e.g. verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g. casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions). We will also make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text. In addition, we will compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g. opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g. the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.
In writing we will write opinion pieces on topics or texts. We will introduce our topics clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer's purpose. We will support our reasoning with facts and details. We will continue using linking words and continue working on our conclusion statements.
In science, we will begin studying magnetism and electricity.
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Mrs. Ana Rhyne
I teach 4th grade math and science at Weatherstone Elementary School. I graduated from Meredith College with a BA in Spanish and K-6 licensure.