What We're Learning: June 2021
Reading: This month we are reading fantasy stories. Together we are reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for our read aloud. Students are reading fantasy stories in their book clubs. They are noticing what craft elements make the story interesting and what genre elements make the story fantasy. They are continuing to read as authors by finding parts they like in the story and noticing how the author makes them interesting for the reader.
Writing: This month students are also writing fantasy stories. They’ll develop their characters considering different archetypes, include magical elements and create a quest for their hero. We’ll focus on how revising and editing our work make it stronger.
Math: This month students will begin learning about volume, area and shapes. They will build understanding of 3D shapes by constructing rectangular prisms out of cubes. This will be applied to solving for area using multiplication and developing a formula for solving. They will also solve using fractional measurements.
We are completing final F&P assessments for students’ reading this month. The best way they can prepare for the assessment (and 6th grade) is to make sure they’re reading for at least 40 minutes every day. Readers should be engaged and interacting with their reading during this time. Students should take notes on their ideas while they read. They should consider character motivations and author craft moves that make the story interesting.
We will have two events to celebrate the end of the year, and the end of the elementary school experience, with 5th graders. The Moving Up Ceremony will be help virtually during the school day on Wednesday, June 23rd. A link and specific information on the time for that event will be shared closer to the date. We will also have an optional yearbook signing event on Thursday, June 24th. This event will happen after school, in the yard at P.S. 199. More details to follow.
Thursday, June 3rd: Chancellor’s Day (Schools Closed)
Tuesday, June 8th: June Clerical Day (Elementary Schools Closed)
Wednesday, June 23rd: Moving Up Ceremony
Thursday, June 24th: Yearbook Signing
Friday, June 25th: Last Day of School