In math we have completed our unit on area and perimeter and we are now working on growing and repeating patterns. We will begin our study of fractions next week. Our goals for this unit will include adding and subtracting fractions, ordering fractions, finding equivalent fractions, multiplying whole numbers by a fraction, and adding and subtracting mixed numbers. This is a long but fun unit! There are many great games that we use to aid in the learning process.
In science we have learned about chemical and physical weathering. We created the Colorado plateau and then added the Colorado River to see how weathering and erosion affected the plateau. We will now be concentrating on elements that cause fast erosion and slow erosion. I will be asking the students for volunteers who would like to make a volcano at home to use in an experiment. I have attached the link that shows you step by step how to make it. http://www.how-things-work-science-projects.com/make-a-volcano.html We would like to use it for an experiment on February 3rd so please let me know (Mrs. Schmedding) if your child would be interested in helping out with that.
In reading, we are halfway through our unit on historical fiction. The students are enjoying reading Soft Rain. We've learned about themes of tradition and oppression. Students are also learning about inferencing, using context clues to figure out new words, and finding evidence to support their ideas/opinions and the author's ideas.
In writing, students are learning how to write an opinion essay, with at least 3 supporting paragraphs of reasons and evidence. Students are working on an essay about the best pet, based on a Scholastic News article weighing the pros and cons of both dogs and cats.
We will have one more week with no word study homework. Over the past 2 weeks, students have learned what syllables are and have learned to identify and read the following syllable types: open, closed, silent e, and vowel team. Next week we will learn about r-controlled and consonant –le and practice new homework routines.
January 18 Holiday – Schools Closed
January 29 TCE Talent Show 6:00pm
February 12 Early Release 1:15pm (and Valentine Exchange, names will be sent home soon.)
March 3rd Science Fun for Everyone (in school field trip)
March 4 Track out day, Early Release, Report Cards and Battle of the Books Battle Day!
April 14 Old Salem Field Trip (Paperwork to come home soon, please note the students will arrive at school EARLY on this day, for a 7:30am departure.)