keep_calmIn ELA we’ve been hard at work revisiting, revising and now this week, editing the novels we wrote back in November as a part of NaNoWriMo! As we approach the completion of this project with the closure of January, we wanted to let families know that you’ll be able to view the novels on February 8, during our portfolio morning, from 8 – 9am. Please keep in mind, these novels will not be “perfect”, rather they will exhibit the process of your student’s foray in to the experience of crafting their own novel.  The revising, and editing is completely your student’s and their collaborating peer’s own.  We’ve provided the mini-lessons and explicit instruction on setting, paragraphing and editing in class.


Free Rice is a website you’ll want to check out.  Click here to view it. One ELA class has been introduced to it so far (the other class will also have an opportunity to explore it later this week) and as the date for our Winter MAP testing approaches  (reading will be on Thursday, January 31 and math on Friday, February 1), you might consider allowing your student an allotment of time to use it at home. You can choose from a variety of subjects (we like vocabulary and grammar) and you can also adjust the level of difficulty. For every correct answer, 10 grains of rice are donated to the World Food Programme. While that is not a lot, as a class last week, we’d accumulated 10,000 grains (we had fun discussing how much rice we thought that was). You don’t need to register for an account unless you’d like to keep track of how many grains of rice you donate over repeated visits to the website.


About Nati

Mother of 2 amazing kids, lucky reading and social studies teacher of deep thinking 5th graders, travel enthusiast, student of life, reader of books, knitter, resident of The Pale Blue Dot.

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