Wow! It's been a great week so far. We kicked off the week with a discussion about theme using Aesop's Fables. Yesterday, we completed our reading of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" which left many students stunned and shocked. I think they now see why this is known as one of the "Best Short Stories Ever Written". Prior to reading, we discussed setting and mood and how by analyzing these two elements we can arrive at theme. Through much discussion, guided reading, and inferring we were able to pull multiple themes from the text and support them with evidence. Ask your child what they liked and didn't like about "The Lottery"!
This week we have been exploring exponents with the context of Alice in Wonderland. So far students have explored what happens to Alice's height when she eats some cake and drinks some of the beverage. Every time Alice eats cake, her height doubles. For every time she drinks beverage, her height is cut in half. We will be connecting this work to our excursion to the Denver Nature and Science Museum at the end of the month.