This is what we will be working on in each subject:
Math: We have begun the first chapter of our GO Math series. Chapter 1 focuses on place value, multiplication, and expressions. We will complete lessons 1.8-1.12. There will be one page of homework assigned nightly in addition to any work not completed during class.
Reading: We are reading the novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. (See home page for a synopsis.) We will be working on determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, comprehending literature, drawing information from multiple print or digital sources, and determining a theme of a story. Students are working on a project in which they are researching heart health. Students will be working in pairs to complete this assignment. This project is due on 8/15.
Reading groups: I have assigned students to reading groups. Each group will be reading a novel and working on various common core reading skills. We will be reading the following books: Because of Winn-Dixie, Old Yeller, Titanic: Book 1: Unsinkable, Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger.
Reading homework: There will be one page of reading homework assigned nightly. This week we will be focusing on summarizing the text and comparing and contrasting characters, settings, or events in a story.
Grammar: We will be working in class on demonstrating command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. We will start by focusing on capitalization. We will also work on abbreviations and acronyms.
Spelling: We will be working to spell grade-appropriate words correctly. Students will complete a packet practicing the week's skill in class. They may take it home to study as well. A spelling list was sent home the first week covering the first three weeks of spelling. Students will take a test on Friday over the week's spelling words as well as the spelling skill itself. This week we will be working on suffixes. The words are: happiness, preparing, recreation, flying, dying, beautify, carpeted, judgment, dives, ninety, losing, achievement, plentiful, fanned, scooping, healthiness, chopped, movement, skies, carrier.
Social Studies: We have started a unit on the American Revolution. We will start by focusing on the what life was like in colonial America before the Revolutionary War. We will also be learning about the causes of the Revolution. We are currently reading the book, The Matchlock Gun, the Newbery Medal winning book by Walter D. Edmonds. This book explores what life was like for colonists in New York during The French and Indian War. Students will also begin a research project in which they will be assigned a trade from colonial times. They will have to research what that person's job was and what skills were needed to perform the job. Due date to follow.
Science: We are going to work on a life science unit on classifying living things. Students will be categorizing organisms into classes.
Writing: Each day students will be completing a daily writing warm-up which focuses on many writing skills. They will also complete a quick write on a given prompt. We will also be working on the steps of writer's workshop in which students will have the opportunity to revise and edit their writing. We will take an open book quiz on Monday covering the skills we have learned so far. Students will also choose a piece of their writing to turn in to be graded. Our next set of writing prompts will be focusing on writing informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.