Math: We are started working on Chapter 8 of our Go Math series. This chapter is about dividing fractions. We will do lessons 8.3-Chapter 8 Review this week. Students will also take the Mid-Chapter Checkpoint quiz on Tuesday. It will cover lessons 8.1-8.3. 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. The summarizing final project is due on Thursday, May 9.
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: We will be reading the novel Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. Students will be working on vocabulary and reading comprehension. We will also be working with the theme of the book: survival.
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 /aw/ sound. The spelling words are: stalk, off, because, brought, called, drawn, awful, awkward, lawyer, daughter, fault, author, always, already, although, belong, office, haul.
Social Studies: We are working on a unit on the American Revolution. This week we will be learning about how codes were used by the colonists during the Revolutionary War. We will also be learning about the role of some famous women during the war. Students will then research one of the heroines of the war and create a resume giving highlights of that person's life. We will also begin watching the movie The Crossing. This is an A&E TV Movie about George Washington's leading the colonist army. It does contain authentically recreated war scenes from that time. Student must have a signed permission slip in order to watch the movie.
Science: We have begun working on a unit on weather. We are tracking the daily weather this week in order to look at patterns. We will next be focusing more specifically on wind.
Writing: We have started a unit in which we are reading picture books to teach the traits of writing. We have read the book Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street. Students are using the picture book as a model and are attempting to emulate the writing style of the author. We are focusing on the trait of ideas. The assignment "Nothing Ever Happens at Great Expectations Academy" is due on Monday. The next book we will be using will be: The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups.