Math: We have started working on Chapter 7 of our Go Math series. This chapter is about multiplying fractions. We will do lessons 7.6-7.9 this week. Students will also take the Mid-Chapter Checkpoint quiz on Tuesday. It will cover lessons 7.1-7.6. There will be one page of homework assigned nightly in addition to any work not completed during class. Remember there are many resources available on the Think Central Website. Click here to go the the website. For username and password questions, contact Mrs. Brannock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reading: We will continue our work on the skill of summarizing. We will do several mini-lessons on this skill, and then students will complete a final project demonstrating what they have learned about summarizing.
Reading groups: Reading groups have been revised. We will be working on a variety of reading and literacy skills. Students will be expected to complete assignments related to the books we are reading, as well as to take Accelerated Reader quizzes on the books we read. We are currently reading the following books: Tuck Everlasting, Apple Island or the Truth About Teachers, How to Steal a Dog, and Leprechauns Don't Play Fetch.
Reading Fluency: We have started a readers' theater unit to help practice reading fluency in addition to comprehension. We will be working on a readers' theater play that students will perform. Students will be assessed on reading fluency and comprehension.
Spelling: We will be working to spell grade-appropriate words correctly. Students will receive one practice page each day. This page will be due that day. If students do not complete the work during class, they must finish it for homework and turn it in the next day. Students will take a test on Friday over the week's spelling words. This week we will be working on words with the diphthongs oi and oy, and words with the digraphs ou and ow. The spelling words are: spoil, choice, avoid, moisture, oyster, royal, employ, annoy, ground, house, sprout, mountain, allow, ourselves, somehow, ounce, amount, boundary.
Social Studies: We are working on a unit on the American Revolution. This week we will be learning about how the colonists supported the soldiers with gifts and encouragement. We will also learn about the codes that were used during the war to keep the British from discovering the colonists' plans.
Science: We will begin a new unit this week on weather. Students will be learning about what causes weather systems, and we will be keeping track of the daily temperatures and weather.
Writing and Grammar: We are finished with our Daily Writing Warm-Ups. On Monday, students will take the final quiz over the skills we have been working on. They will also revise and edit one of their quickwrites to turn in for a grade. On Wednesday, we will begin a new writing unit in which we read picture books as examples of quality writing. Students will then try to emulate the examples in their own writing. We will begin by working on the writing trait of ideas. Students will be working to write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. They will also introduce a topic clearly, provide a general observation and focus, and group related information logically; as well as develop the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples related to the topic.