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February 3rd, 2020 – Poetry Week

Hello Families!

This week, the class will read a variety of different poems during reading class.  From them, we’ll learn the difference between narrative and free verse poems, and discuss the theme of each.  We’ll also practice a variety of different literary devices, like metaphors, similes, idioms, alliteration and imagery.  This is the last regular week of Unit 4, so you can expect a spelling test and literacy homework to come home Monday evening.

In math class, we have switched to studying time.  We’ll continue that this week, and begin to explore how to determine elapsed time.  This is always a tricky concept!  Any help you can give at home would be appreciated.  For example, if you’re heading on an errand, see if your child can determine what time it will be in 15, 30 or 60 minutes when you arrive at your destination.  Little practice like that can go a long way!

In writing, we are practicing writing “extemporaneously.”  The kids are given a new topic every day, and they must write for 10 minutes about that topic.  It’s been fun to see their reflections on “summer” and “winter” last week, and we’ll explore some new topics this week.  The goal is to write without a beginning-middle-end, unlike a traditional story, and write freely.  This will serve them well when they begin their personal essays in a few weeks.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

Eric Wachter

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