In drama news, we had our first session with Opera Piccola yesterday. Opera Piccola, which translates literally to “small works” is an Oakland theater company that is involved with a number of exciting projects with young people around the Bay Area. The 5th Grade is lucky to have them coming to do some theater work with us. We will meet for weekly sessions and students will work on building dramatic skills as well as writing some of their own works. It will all culminate in a final evening performance in the winter. The same group also worked with the 4th Grade last year, so the curriculum we are designing with Opera Piccola will work on building and extending on the students’ prior drama work.
Each week we spend time in class looking very closely at our vocabulary words. Among other things, we look at spelling patters, affixes, and roots. A powerful way to expand one’s vocabulary is to delve into the realm of etymology, or the study of word origins. I strongly recommend checking out The Online Etymology Dictionary. While there, you can read about how many words shifted in use, meaning, and construction in different languages. It is also a good way to check to see if a word either fits a similar spelling pattern or if it actually shares a common root.
- Language Arts: Vocabulary Sentences
- Mathematics: Finish Angle Estimation worksheet from class
- Reading: Read for 25 minutes and fill out clarification reading log