• Lets Make this a DECEMBER to REMEMBER!

    During Reader’s Workshop students will focus on understanding how to read Non-Fiction Text or Informational Text. They will learn that reading this style of writing is different from fiction and the need to be slow and thoughtful.  We will also be learning about Text Features and their purpose.

    • readers read informational text for pleasure and to learn about a specific topic
    • readers go at a slower pace and reread when reading informational text in order to:

    -study text features

    -monitor comprehension by quickly summarizing what has been read so far

    -connect new learning to background knowledge

    -ask questions about the text and/or confirm thinking

    -figure out word meaning

    ​Text Features:

    Caption- word or words used to describe a photograph or illustration

    Diagram- a labeled illustration 

    Glossary- an alphabetical list of key vocabulary found in a text with the definitions for those words

    Heading- title of a section of book, usually in bold print

    Index- list of page numbers showing where key vocabulary is found in the text

    Label- word or words used to name/describe parts of a diagram

    Subheading- a section within the heading, which focuses on a specific part of the larger topic

    Table of Contents- list of topics and corresponding page numbers


    In Writer’s Workshop, students will be focusing on how to write to teach the reader something that the writer knows a lot about. They will write informative texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts to develop points and provide a concluding statement or section. Through the lens of science they will also be writing science lab reports to teach others about what they have learned, in our Changes unit.

    Every very living and nonliving thing in our universe is made up of matter (anything that takes up space). Changes occur all the time in the world around us and students will be conducting a series of experiments to prove this theory.

    Essential Questions:

    • What are the properties we can observe and use to describe solids and liquids?
    • How does matter change?
    • When do we see change around us?

    Essential Vocabulary

    States of Matter               Properties            Condensation         Evaporation

    Solid                                Gas                       Liquid                    Matter            Change                            Dissolve               Melting                  Filter

    Claim                              Classify                Compare                 Data

    Evidence                        Measure                Observe                  Predict

    Scientific Drawing


    In our forth unit students will begin a new investigation unit that focuses on the use of Open Number Lines to better understand th3 concept of subtraction.  Unlike past units where there are mini-lessons and station work, here we will be using the story El Bisabuelo Gregorio to introduce this exploration unit.  A formal letter went home explaining how this concept works and the importance of not teaching the children the traditional subtraction methods they will transition to at a later time.