Natural Disasters: Wrapping Up
We are very happy to say that we had a successful Conference Week! Many parents and family members participated in conversations about the academic success of their children. We are off to a good start of our 2nd Quarter.
This week students will be completing a series of Tiered activities, as they conclude their investigation of natural disasters. As they work in small groups, they will be reviewing vocabulary, completing circle maps, information charts, preparing brochures, and answering a study guide in preparation for the unit test Friday.
Natural Disasters: Researching to Summarize and Synthesize Information
This entire week, due to Conference Week, our students will be on an Early Release Schedule. Middle School students will be dismissed at 1:30 PM.
Our class continues to investigate different natural disasters and practicing the skills of summarizing and synthesizing information. We will complete a variety of short projects, where students summarize in order to inform their readers what the text is about. Then they synthesize to include their own interpretation of the text. When students synthesize, they pull together the most important points from our reading, but we move beyond what's stated by the author.
Natural Disasters: Exploring Volcanoes
This week students will be reading Exploring Volcanoes. As students learn from this topic of high interest, they will learn to identify the most important information from a nonfiction text to summarize it. Students will learn to connect the skill of summarizing with the strategy of synthesizing by applying the skill and strategy before, during, and after reading. They will also learn to study a diagram and determine what they learn from each part: the title of the diagram, the labels, and the drawing.
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