September 13

Story Maps

We have learned four of the components of a story:
Setting (where and when)
Problem (conflict)

We discussed various types of conflicts – between characters, within a character (a decision or illness), or with nature (storm, fire, or flood). We learned that it may take several steps to resolve a problem and that some problems are not resolved. Some books have one problem that the characters try to solve the entire story and others have a different problem in each chapter. When your child reads at home, see if he/she can identify these components. Sometimes they have to look for clues to decide when a story happens. For example: Is it snowing? Are the characters talking about a holiday? What kind of technology is used?

In this project, we created a character and then placed it in a setting. Then we had to create a problem for the character and a way that the character might resolve it.

September 13

Science Test

We took our first major test today. When the children finish any test, they pull their just right books out and read. Tests are not turned in and walls are not taken down, so no one feels the pressure to hurry and finish. They often hear me say, “Good work takes time.”

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