Happy New Year! I hope you had a fun and relaxing vacation. We are certainly getting back into the swing of things here in Room 209.
In math, we are just about to begin our unit on Fractions. We will begin by identifying and naming fractions. Then, we will begin to look at mixed numbers and fractions on number lines. We will also compare fractions with like numerators and like denominators. Finally, we will explore equivalent fractions. I am sending home a packet of math resources to support your child during homework in this unit by the end of the week. This work supplements the unit and will provide options for homework for your child’s math log. Remember, in addition to the packet, your child may also work on their Fasttmath practice using Stretch-to-Go on the computer. All students have officially been switched over to multiplication fact practice to help them become fluent in facts through 9x9 by the end of the year.
In writing, students are working on drafting informational books about topics they are “experts” on. This is not a research project, it is just writing from what they know. They are learning about nonfiction text features and how those can support their writing. Students will also learn how to organize their writing, write multi-paragraph sections as well as elaborate using descriptions, observations and life experiences. They are very excited to begin to draft their All About Books!
Reading coincides nicely with writing right now. We are also beginning an informational text study through non-fiction books. Students will specifically focus on reading for information, determining main idea and using supporting details to support the main idea. We will also work on taking the main ideas and supporting details and combining them to create clear and concise summary paragraphs. We will explore these same concepts in narrative non-fiction, which is told more as a story rather than through chapters.
In Science, we are just finishing up our unit on Chemical Reactions. Students will be recapping the experiments and we will talk about the learning points from the unit. Students are expected to understand and describe properties of unknown solids and noticing that those solids undergo changes when exposed to certain conditions (i.e., heat, mixing with acids and bases, mixing with liquids). Next, students will begin learning about the water cycle through research, exploration and experimentation.
The students have been working hard with Mrs. Griffith in studying the civilization of America. They have learned about the Pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower and the Native Americans who were here when the Pilgrims arrived. They are now beginning to learn about Paul Revere’s ride and other important colonists who helped to establish Massachusetts and even Lexington.
Overall, we are buzzing right though our curriculum. The students came back to school refreshed and ready to work hard! I am so impressed with their work and study habits. It is a pleasure to work with them each day. As always, please email me with any questions or concerns. Please see the Important Dates tab for updates as well.