On Wednesday, all of fourth grade will travel by district buses to the Johnson settlement in Johnson City. The National Parks Service staff does a wonderful job of introducing students to various aspects of pioneer life in Texas, including chore and games, homes, cattle trains and chuck wagons, and Buffalo Soldiers.
We will be off campus most of the day. Students should be dressed to be outside all day and need to bring a sack lunch and water. Please note that we may not return to school in time for the author's visit.
As we wrap up the first grading cycle, we'll be finishing our genre study with biographies. We'll start with Lyndon Johnson's biography — no surprise there — plus examine a few other notable historical figures.
Students will then write a biography of someone in their family. We will do the actual writing in class, but they will need to interview a family member. They'll bring home the materials to do that later this week, with interview notes due back next week. Thanks for your support with this.
The fiction film strip reports were fabulous. The next project covers mystery, and students will make a puzzle with elements from their novel (details in the handouts section). Book selections should involve 300-400 minutes of reading, with the student reading at least half aloud with a parent, and titles are due Thursday.