We are officially one week into our new expedition, Revolutions to Resolutions! This expedition will cover three case studies:
1. Working Conditions in Industrialized America
2. How Working Conditions Change
3. Voices for Change
Throughout these case studies, students will be learning about the working conditions that existed in our country during industrialization, how young people were affected by harsh working conditions, and the potential solutions to child labor inequalities that exist throughout the world.
To start off this expedition, our class is doing a novel study of the book, Lyddie, by Katherine Paterson. This story follows a young girl named Lyddie and her journey as her and her brother are hired as servants to pay off their family's debts. We are already three chapters in, and students are really enjoying the book and our discussions over the text!
Also new in our classroom is a program called Daily 5 that we are doing during our English Language Arts/DEAR time. Each day, we go through a mini lesson on one type of figurative language or part of speech. Students take notes of these concepts, including their definition and examples, and then complete exercises using the information. So far, students have learned about six different types of figurative language (simile, metaphor, hyperbole, idioms, onomatopoeia, and personification) and we have started singular, plural, singular possessive, and plural possessive nouns.
At the beginning of the school year, students were doing a great job of taking their planners home and getting them signed. However, this seems to have really taken a dive. There are no consequences for unsigned planners, however, students are rewarded for getting it signed. Each day they have it signed, they earned scholar dollars. I will also be rewarding those who get it signed everyday during the week on Fridays. I believe that it is important for students to share their days and their homework with their parents/guardians. This instills in them a sense of responsibility and it keeps parents in the loop as far as what is going on at school and whether or not their students are staying on top of their homework. Please encourage your student to bring home their planner everyday and make time to go through some of their day with them. Thank you!
Lastly, just as a reminder, there is not school tomorrow, Monday the 15th for MLK Day. I hope students enjoy, as their is not another day off until mid February! :) Please enjoy some pictures below from our expedition kick-off on Monday. Have a great Sunday!