This week in Upper West we started literature circles. Each of us chose the novel we wanted to read for the next 5 weeks. Then we determined how many pages to read each week. We chose a role to focus on, such as “Discussion Director,” “Character Captain,” and “Savvy Summarizer.” The book choices were Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume; Poppy, by AVI; and The Watsons Go to Birmingham, by Christopher Paul Curtis. We have literature circle twice a week.
Each Monday we have a history lesson on the search for our closest relative. Last week we focused on Ardipithecus, and this week we looked at Australopithecus. We use fossil evidence to determine our closest relative and display this visually on a cladogram.
We’ve also started sentence analysis and cursive practice. Sentence analysis is when we transition from looking at each individual word in isolation to the grammatical structure of a sentence. We have a lesson each Monday.
-Karson and Mr. Dave