In advisory this week, students met their buddies and read a story as a group, The Empty Pot. Great fun was had! On Friday, October 4th, students will be reading the same book to the kindergarten and first grade classes of Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School as part of their Guest Reader Friday program. Literacy is an essential component to the year-long Social Action Project.
The second group learned how to organize a surprise party, what to say, and how people feel. The students discussed these special days in our lives.
In ELA classes, students have been reading and analyzing Julius Caesar, digging into the language and trying to determine who is responsible for the fall of Caesar. We’ve been listening to an audio version of the play, as well as reading it aloud. Our vocabulary study is moving along; we are currently at week 3, which includes words like redress, unassailable, oration, and reverence.
In social studies, we’ve been thinking about the factors that lead to the development of the Roman republic. To make sense of this chapter of our history book, students used an alphanumeric outline to summarize the main ideas. This is a foundational note-taking skill that will assist them in their future academic careers. In the next chapter, we investigate the factors that caused Rome to transition from a republic to an empire and the reasons for its fall. To make sense of this chapter, we’re focusing on the skill of writing clearly about history. How can our writing be clear, effective, and historically accurate?
Factors, Multiples, Prime Numbers, oh my!