Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Week of 1/14

Good Morning!

Reminders for the Week:
Read 25 mins. each night
Daily math sheet
*Early Release- Friday 1/18
*MLK Day- Mon. 1/21
*Patriots Gear- Friday 1/18 (Wear your hat for a dollar!) 

Learning this Week:
Writing: Students are picking animals to research as part of our nonfiction reading and writing unit. Students are learning how to research, cite sources for a bibliography, take notes, and use different strategies for writing ideas in our own words.

Math: Students will be finishing up learning on Factors and Multiples. We will assess on Wednesday to check for student understanding. We will begin to discuss concepts for Topic 8 (Fraction Equivalence). 

ELA: Students are learning about the different genres of nonfiction. We are still focused on narrative nonfiction, but we are incorporating essential skills of main idea and text structure.

Science/ S.S: Students will be learning how to classify animals, different habitats, and read articles to strengthen their background knowledge in order to complete their slideshow on animal adaptations.   

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Week of 1/7/19

Good Morning!

Reminders for the Week:
Daily math sheet
25 minutes of reading
*Early Release- Friday, 1/18
*MLK Day- Monday, 1/21

Learning this Week:
Writing: Students are setting three different goals for the new year. They are working on explaining how they will accomplish each goal. We have also started Vocab. #17. Students are using the words in quick writes and with various activities.

Math: We have just started Topic 7 (Factors & Multiples). Students will be expected to know and understand the terms: prime, composite, factor, and multiple. We will be working on these skills all week.

ELA: Students are being exposed to a variety of narrative nonfiction texts. Students are gaining knowledge of text structure, main idea, and learning about how and why authors write narrative nonfiction. 

Science/S.S: Students are continuing to learn different map skills. We will begin our unit on the U.S. Regions to answer the question, How does where you live affect how you live? 



Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Week of 12/10

Good Morning!

Reminders for the Week:
Read 25 mins. each night
Daily math sheet
*Pool- Tues. & Fri.
*Holiday Shopping- Next week!
*Return Report Card envelope

Learning this Week:
Writing: Students will be working on a creative narrative piece about being trapped in a snow globe. We are working on a shared, interactive piece together, paying attention to details, leads, and sequence of the story. Students are practicing the revising process by adding details and creating rich sentences using sensory details. 

Math: Students have just started Topic 5 (Division). We have been using base ten blocks, drawing pictures, and using our knowledge of multiples to solve basic problems. Now, we are working with larger dividends and using the partial quotient method of solving. 

ELA: Students are focusing on the genre of traditional literature. We have discussed the differences, and are specifically reading and analyzing the elements of pourquoi tales. Students are reading a variety of stories, including reader's theater to deepen their understanding.

S.S./Science: Students will be working on map skills for the next two weeks as we prepare to study the U.S. Regions. Students will be working on basic map skills and looking at a variety of maps. 



Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Week of 11/25

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family and food!

Reminders for the Week:
Read 25 mins. each night
Daily math sheet
*Pool- Wed. & Mon.
*Picture Retakes- Thurs. 
*Holiday Extravaganza- Fri.


Learning this Week:
Writing: Students have a special week, with multiple visits by our writing guest, Big Ryan! He will be telling stories and teaching the importance of creative writing along with techniques for the students. 

Math: Students will be taking their Topic 1-4 Benchmark Assessment. We have just started Topic 5 (Division). Students will gain a conceptual understanding of how to divide and what it means to divide. We will also introduce writing in mathematics and how ti write a thorough math explanation. 

ELA: We will read the book, Love That Dog, by Sharon Creech. Students will develop an understanding of poetic elements through the use of this narrative poem book as well as from analyzing other poems. Students will write their own poems based on inspiration from published poets. 

Science/S.S: Students will be wrapping up their unit on volcanoes and earthquakes with an activity on seismic waves. We learn how earthquakes are related to tsunamis. We will begin our social studies unit, which includes map skills and the United States.


Monday, November 19, 2018

Week of 11/19

Reminders for the Week:
Read 25 mins. each night
Daily math sheet
*Holiday Extravaganza Donations-ASAP
*Holiday Extravaganza- 11/30
*Picture Retakes- 11/29
*No School: Wed. Thurs. Fri

Learning this Week: 

Writing: Students are finishing persuasive turkey writing pieces just in time for Thanksgiving! In addition, we have started to discuss, "What is poetry?" and will look at some famous poems and authors.

Math: Students will taking their Topic 4 (Multiplication) Assessment on Monday. We will be looking at lines of symmetry on Tuesday and reviewing some basic geometry terms to complete a pattern block turkey.

ELA: Students will be demonstrating their understanding of theme and genre by completing a assessment. We will be starting the movie, Wonder, now that we've finished reading the book.

Science: Students will be making pilgrim boats as part of a STEM activity. We will be completing a cut and sort to show our understanding of erosion, weathering, and deposition.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Week of 11/5

Good Morning!

Reminders for the Week:
Read 25 mins. each night
Daily math sheet
Turkey Disguise- Monday 11/19
*No School Tuesday 11/6 (Voting) 
*No School Monday 11/12  (Veterans Day)


Learning this Week: 
Writing: Students will begin looking at example opinion/persuasive writings. Together, we will notice the elements of opinion writing. We will begin our writing for our turkey disguise by brainstorming ideas as a class. Students will also be introduced to Vocabulary #20 words and be expected to use them in writing. 

Math: Students have just taken their online topic 3 Assessment and we will begin topic 4 (Multiplying 2-Digit Numbers). We will be rounding, estimating, and use different methods to multiply.

ELA: We will be focusing on the setting in stories. Students will be able to infer the importance of setting in realistic, historical fiction, and fantasy. Students will also be able to decipher when the setting affects a character's behavior. 

Science: We will end our unit on landforms by focusing on earthquakes and volcanoes. Students will be able to understand how they are formed and the effect they have on earth and people. 



Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Week of 10/29

Good Morning!

Reminders for the Week:
Read 25 mins. each night
Daily math sheet
*Return Conference Forms
*Halloween/Costumes- Wed.
    

Learning this Week: 

Writing: Students will be finishing up their personal narrative as well as completing a narrative story for Halloween. We will look at different genres of writing as well as write from different points of view. Students will be introduced to Vocabulary #21. 

Math: Students will continue to practice multiplying 4 digit- and 1 digit numbers. We will be taking our assessment on Thursday. Students will also be introduced to "writing about math" and we will review key vocabulary for topic 4. 

ELA: Students will continue to write reading letters, book talks, and jot down their thinking on sticky notes as they read. We will read different read alouds and discuss how the author create the mood of a story. We will also focus on the significance of setting in books. 

Science: Students will complete a mystery science about bones in the hand. We will conclude our unit on landforms and bodies of water. Students will be reading about the layers of the Earth and the effect it has on earthquakes and volcanoes.