Two weeks into second quarter and we are deep into nonfiction! We’ve spent the past two weeks focusing on using text features (headings, photos, captions, word boxes, charts, graphs, etc) to predict and help you comprehend what you read. Students have also learned to organize main idea and key details into a “boxes and bullets” organizer, and summarize. We will be moving on to vocabulary, text organization and structure over the next two weeks.
In writing, students have just about finished taking notes for their first animal reports. Through work in the Media Center, and in the classroom, students have practiced paraphrasing what they’ve read onto their graphic organizers. They’ve compiled information from multiple sources including books, encyclopedias and websites (focusing mainly on NCWise Owl resources linked from the Media Center website.) Next week we will work on introductory paragraphs and then lay out additional paragraphs, learning about topic sentences and how to organize details effectively.
Math & Science:
In math we will be spending the next few weeks working on multiplication and division word problems. The goal is to determine what a word problem is specifically asking us to do. Please continue working on 2 digit multiplication using the rectangular method, or algebraic method and division using the expanded method. Because these are emerging skills, many students forget how to divide and multiply large numbers once we move to other units. Constant review is essential for mastery of these skills. I also have many students who still need to practice their multiplication facts. Please take a few minutes each night to work with your child on this!
In science we have introduced our first animal into the classroom! As zoologists, we are learning as much as we can about the Dwarf African Frog. We will be making observations, running experiments, and learning about their structural and behavioral adaptations. Our goal is to understand the effects of environmental changes, adaptations and behaviors that enable animals (including humans) to survive in changing habitats.
Please send in Boosterthon and Symphony Field Trip/Science Field Trip money as soon as you can. Remember, you can pay online from the TCE website for the field trips in one lump sum!
No School: November 11, 25-27
Book Fair Begins: November 30
Track out/report cards quarter 2: December 4
Symphony Field Trip (no chaperones needed): January 5