December 2016



Writing to Explain How

       Writing to explain how is a type of informative writing. This type of writing explains the sequential steps in a procedure, or, in some instances, the step-by-step recount of past events.

        Room 18 students used thinking maps to plan their compositions about a variety of topics.   They read about and discussed how to make a fruit salad. Next, they used a flow map to plan their writing. Students also researched how to play basketball and used tree maps to organize their research. After that, they used flow maps to organize their research in preparation for their composition.

Flat Stanley

          During our Core Literature time in November, Room 18 students read Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, a story about a boy who is flattened by a bulletin board. Students worked on answering questions that demonstrated their understanding of key details in the text. They used thinking maps to track the story (tree map) and analyze characters (bubble and double bubble map).   In the month of December, we will read Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo.

Ancestor Essays and Dolls

           Room 18 used their Ancestors Packets to learn more and write about an ancestor from their past in their Ancestors Essay. They wrote briefly about that a specific ancestor they wanted to learn more about and created an ancestor doll to represent that important person from their past.


            In Science, students are learning how to compare the physical properties of different kinds of rocks.  Basalt is a gray, smooth rock and was once the hot liquid lava that came out of a volcano.  Tuff is a light, soft rock and has ash in it from the explosion of the volcano.  Scoria is a reddish bubble rock and was once the bubbly top of the lava.  Students experimented with these three types of rocks to learn what happens when they are placed into water.  Some of the rocks turn a new color, some bubble, and with some the water gets muddy.

In the coming weeks, students will use river rocks to compare and sort based on two or more physical attributes such as color, shape, texture, size, and weight.  They will learn that rocks are colorful because they are made of out of different minerals.  For example, pink granite is made of three different kinds of minerals.  The colors of those minerals are black, pink, and gray.  


          Room 18 students are working on place value, counting, and comparison of numbers to 1,000 in Module 3 of Eureka Math.


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Erica Lamb

I was born and raised in Santa Monica. I attended Pitzer College in Claremont, California where I majored in English Literature. Thereafter I earned a Masters in Education and Teaching Credential from Pepperdine University. I have been teaching since 2007.
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