JU-B Weekly Note

Happy Friday, JU-B Families!

We have many exciting things going on in JU-B right now! From our Theme study to Writing, students are working hard to stretch their creative thinking and analytical thinking. We’ve had a productive week and are ready for a restful weekend!

We are continuing to explore mythology. In Morning Meetings, students worked in groups to write their own short myth in order to explain a natural phenomenon. We have stories going about how why caterpillars came to be, where the color black comes from, and much more!

We began reading D’Aulaires' Book of Greek Mythology in earnest. After exploring the origins of the earth and the reign of Cronus, students moved to looking at the first half of the 12 major Gods and Goddesses: Zeus, Hera, Hephaestus, Aphrodite, Ares, Athena, and Poseidon. We explored these through a mixture of read-aloud, partner reading, and independent reading. Students practiced writing summaries for three of these stories and orally telling summaries for two of the others. We also had the opportunity to watch a short informational video about these six gods and goddesses. As they watched, students did some comparative work as they used a T-Chart to record similarities and differences between what they saw on the video and what they read in D’Aulaires'. All throughout the week, we’ve been thinking about why people tell myths as well as why and how myths change over time.

In Writing this week, students worked on two different projects: their personal narrative and their Hero paragraph. For both pieces, students spent this week focusing on planning and brainstorming. We discussed the importance of including descriptions and details of Who, What, Where, When, and Why for their writing pieces. With their personal narrative piece, students practiced planning and brainstorming using a visual web model. For the Hero paragraph, students practiced planning, brainstorming, and researching using a more linear outline-style model. Next week we’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages to each. Now past the planning stages, students drafted interesting introductions for their personal narratives and will work to apply this mini-lesson to their hero paragraph as they begin drafting that next week.

We hope you enjoy some time to rest, relax, and prepare for a FULL WEEK OF SCHOOL! We are really looking forward to it!

Best,

Hilary and Dan