This week fifth graders began their Roald Dahl author study, reading the book The Witches. We are already a couple weeks into Roald Dahl’s memoir, Boy, and we have noticed so many similarities between his real life and his fictional novels. To kick off our author study, your readers were asked to take note of Roald Dahl’s humor in The Witches. We noticed that often times his humor feels irreverent and unexpected. For example, at one point in the book, the boy’s grandmother offers him a smoke of her cigar! We couldn’t stop laughing at the absurdity of it. After analyzing his humor, we took note of times when the tone changes and the way he writes in an accent for one of the main characters. Ask your child what they think is going to happen next in The Witches.
Your young debaters have been hard at work completing their persuasive essays. They have learned and practiced all the tips and tricks to make their argument more effective, and now they are putting the finishing touches in. Your writers have developed intriguing introductions, several pieces of convincing evidence, and a conclusion to leave you thinking. They have thought of counterarguments and addressed those in their essay as well. I think they are well on their way to a successful career in politics! Ask your child how they think their persuasive essay turned out.
We had such a “ball” last week playing soccer at the fields in West Ashley that we have planned another trip for next week! Playing on the regulation-sized fields gave us the opportunity to stretch our legs and practice some different skills. A few students suggested some of their favorite soccer drill games, and they were able to teach us how to play. Will taught us a passing game called Rondo and Kuffin taught us a shooting game called 7-Ball Roundup. My favorite part of the day was the 11 v 11 scrimmage we played at the end! Ask your child what their favorite part of soccer was.