Reading, Writing, and Social Studies:
Our three disciplines have merged these past two weeks as we began working on our Lenape projects. We started by looking at non-fiction books and some of the features. We noticed tables of contents, indexes, glossaries, fact boxes, pictures, diagrams, and more.
We then focused on how to takes notes and “learn” from non-fiction text. The first thing we do is find the main idea of the passage. Then we can look for the details that support that main idea. When we write this down, we call it boxes and bullets. The main idea and details don’t need to be in full sentences.
Once we figure out the main idea and details, we can then turn that into a passage of writing “in our own words”. We learned what it means to plagiarize, ie. copying someone’s else words and ideas. In order to make sure we don’t plagiarize, we paraphrase or write in our words and give credit to the author.
Finally, it was time to choose our Lenape topics. Ask your child what topic they are researching.
All this week we have been researching our topic using books, articles, EPIC, and videos. All of these resources have led to a wealth of information!
We did pause our research this week to talk about the local elections. We learned about the job of the mayor and city council and found out which city council member represented Hannah Senesh! (Ask your children why I have been involved in city council processes!) Then we talked about the history of voting and how who was allowed to vote changed over time. We also looked at a sample ballot
Students learned about Hannah Senesh, our school’s namesake. We learned about about her family make up, where she grew up, and activities that she did as child. We compared biographical facts about her life with our own. Ask your child what they have in common with Hannah Senesh or what is different.
Hebrew with Rimma
We started a new exciting unit about friends. We are covering the most common vocabulary for describing people, how they look, what they wear with common adjectives and grammatically correct use of nouns and adjectives. Two of the main differences when compared to English is that in Hebrew adjectives will be placed after the noun and it has a gender agreement with a noun.We are in the process of writing a short essay about our real or imaginary friend, teacher, sport player etc.