LADYBUG TRIBUNE Communities Issue#7 2016 Resolutions Monday, we will begin our Social Studies unit on “Communities”. The students will discover that communities are a place where people live, work, play and solve problems. They will compare three different types of communities and their features; urban, suburban and rural. Taking a look at the history of Issaquah and how it has changed over time will be fascinating for the students! To start off the new year, the students Volunteer Thank You’s Art Docents Erica Stapleton and her amazing team; Brooke, Miyuki, Maria and Mandy came yesterday to teach/support an “abstract” art piece based on the works of artist, Andrea Hahn. The project involved collage piecing and oil pastels! They are each unique and creative in their own special way! made flip books that included 2 goals for the new year, 1 thing they’d like to stop doing, 1 new thing they’d like to learn and 6 new things they’d like to try! Ask your child about… Informational Writing Students are learning features of nonfiction text (table of contents, key word, glossary, index, label, diagrams) in preparation for writing an informational book on a topic they feel they are an expert. To kickoff this unit, the children took a “Scavenger Hunt” through a nonfiction book searching and recording key features of nonfiction text. Over the next four weeks, each day will hold a writing mini-lesson that will teach your child how to write their own book, including text features! Volcanoes! Weekly “Scholasttic News Magazines” are one way we explore nonfiction text in class. Scholastic News brings awareness to current events and history that shapes our world. Our recent issue covered the topic, volcanoes! The excitement for learning more about volcanoes took over! In order to answer all of their wonderful curiosities and wonders, reading homework has been focused on this topic to further the learning. Top secret…I’m bringing in a volcano simulation next week and I’m certain the fascination will be OVER THE TOP! Name some differences between fiction and nonfiction text. What is your favorite song that you will be singing in the upcoming concert? Can you sing it for me? What does the word “resolution” mean? How does a volcano erupt? What makes a shape a polygon? (any shape with a least three sides and angles) How have you shown “expected behavior” in the lunchroom? When you make an inference in a story, what helps guide your thinking? (schema, story clues) How many ways can you represent 10?