Math: We are working on the objective create and solve two-step equations that can be solved using inverse operations with whole numbers. We will also work on the objective describe patterns of change including constant rate and increasing or decreasing rate. These objective is not covered in our Go Math program. 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 have begun working 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, Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case, How to Steal a Dog, and Leprechauns Don't Play Fetch.
Reading homework: We're going to start some test preparation. I will send home one reading passage each night with several multiple choice questions. This will be due the following day.
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. We have assigned parts for our first play, and we will be working on it throughout this week.
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 contractions and learning the homophones who's and whose. The spelling words are: I'll, they've, don't, we're, didn't, isn't, couldn't, haven't, o'clock, you're, who's, whose, aren't, it's, doesn't, there's, won't, I've.
Social Studies: We are working on a unit on the American Revolution. This week we will be looking at some of the work of Benjamin Franklin, and the messages behind those works. Students will then be creating a humorous cartoon or fable that conveys a message about the Revolutionary era. We will compile these cartoons and fables into a chronological book.
Science: We are working on a unit on the human body. This week we will be investigating how the heart beats and listening to our heart beats.
Writing and Grammar: Each day students will complete a writing warm-up which will cover many writing and grammar skills. This week, our focus will be on providing logically ordered reasons that are supported by facts and details.
Students will also write a quickwrite each day on a given prompt. Students should be writing at least a paragraph each day.