Reading: In Reading, we have continued studying biographies. This week we started a book on Helen Keller. Students learned how authors use text features to help us understand books better. We also practiced filling in a timeline to keep track of important events that occur in a person's life.
Math: In Math, we parcticed doubling and halving numbers. Students worked on this strategy during rotations and idependent work. We also started working on collecting data and analyzing it to find the median and the mode of set of data.
Writing: In writing, students have began writing biographies of thier own on a famous person they have been researching. Students have practiced choosing adjectives that describe a person as well as reasons that provide evidence.
Science/ Social Studies : This week students started creating their landscapes for our volcano models. Students included 1 water form, 1 landform, and a road to represent human activity. Our landscapes came out colorful and many students added a lot of detail. We are excitingly awaiting the creation of our volcanoes for next week.
Reading: In Reading, we started our new unit on different types of nonfiction books. The first genre we are studying is biographies. We started read A Picture Book On Martin Luther King Jr. by David Adler during shared reading time. It was amazing to hear the questions and thought provoking discussions the students were able to have about the topics in this book. Students explored a multitude of biographies on their own though our school library and Epic.
Math: In Math, we finished the unit by studying arrays and and how we can use arrays to solve multiplication number stories and problems. Students had a lot of practice in writing their own number stories and modeling their stories through arrays.
Writing: In writing, we also started our new unit on biography writing. Students were asked to choose a person who they beleive was a great leader. Students explored adjectives that go with great leaders and tried to come up with adjectives that their chosen person possesses or possessed when they were alive.
Science/ Social Studies : This week was exciting because we combined the building of our Pheonixville town with our studies in science. We realized that in our town we need a bridge that will take us from one side of the river to the other. We realized that our bridge will have to be strong enough to withstand an earthquake. Students practiced their knowledge of the engineering design process to come up with a model of a bridge that will withstand an earthquake ( the shaking of a desk). Students worked with a partner to plan, design, and build a model. Next week we will test our models and make our reflections.
Reading: In Reading, we read a new nonfiction book titled, Earthquakes, Eruptions, and Other Events That Change Earth. This is a very interesting topic to the students since it is also something we are studying in science. We discussed how readers compare and contrast two books on the same topic. Students practiced the strategy of jotting down important words as they read nonfiction books during literacy centers. Students also practiced finding our week's pattern in texts they read throughout the week.
Math: In Math, we started talking about the relationship between addition and subtraction. Students explored this idea through the use of array models and equal group number stories. Students will continue to explore this concept in the week and they will even think about how it relates to division.
Writing: In writing, student finalized their published reviews and shared their reviews with classmates during our writing celebration.
Social Studies : In social studies students finished exploring their culture/ country of choice through digital resources and collaborated with a partner to compare and contrast aspects of the culture they studied.
Reading: In Reading, we talked about an author's purpose when writing nonfiction books and how to infer an author's point of view. We read the book, Earthquakes! by Cy Armour during shared reading and students practiced our focus skills with books assigned to them at their level in Epic.
Math: In Math, we continued working on addition and subtraction with bigger numbers. Students practiced the partial sums and standard algorithm for addition. They also worked on using base ten blocks to add and subtract.
Writing: In writing, students are all almost finished publishing their reviews. Some even decided to type them to get prepared for sharing time. Students will be presenting their work this coming week with other grades.
Science: In science, students reflected on their work with plate tectonics and uploaded their work into Seesaw.
Reading: In Reading, we read the book Save Water and talked about text features and finding the main idea of every chapter. Students practiced this skill with their own reading during literacy centers. Finding the main idea of a nonfiction text is a skill most students struggle with, so we will continue to work on this in the days to come. We also participated in all the book week events were students got to read to animals, listen to reading in multiple languages and hear from a notable author.
Math: In Math, we started our new unit on adding and subtracting with bigger numbers. We learned strategies to use when adding more than one addend and students practiced this through story problems and games.
Writing: In writing, we are finishing our writing of reviews. Most students are in the editing/ publishing phase and are getting prepared to share their final piece.
Science: In science we continued our learning of plate tectonics and how they help in shaping the surface of the Earth. Students participated in an activity I like to call "Plate Tectonics". Food always makes everything better! Through this activity students learned about convergent, divergent and transform plate boundaries with oceanic and continental plates. We had fruit roll ups representing our oceanic plates and Lotus crackers representing our continental plates. Marshmallow frosting was used to represent the upper layer of the Earth's mantle. Students agreed it was one of the most delicious lessons this year!
Reading: In Reading, we talked about what readers do after nonfiction. Students practiced summarizing small sections of nonfiction texts and writing dow facts they they learned. We also continued to look into strategies for solving new or tricky words.
Math: In Math, we started learning about 3-D shapes. Students identified characteristics of solids and learned about faces, edges and vertices of solids. We ended the week makin different kinds of pyramids with straws and clay.
Writing: In writing, we continued with our opinion writing. Students wrote about the reasons they had their opinion on the topic they chose to write about. We paracticed adding a lot of details and explanations to opinion writing. Students are encouraged to continue practicing opinion writng in their weekend journals.
Social Studies: In social studies we studied culture and different components of culture. We talked about how culture changes throughout history and students got to read about many different cultures around the world.
Reading: In Reading, we continued reading nonfiction books and learning strategies readers use before, during,and after reading. We read books that involved the sequence or cycle of something. Books we read were From Tadpole to Frog and From Cocoa Beans to Chocolate. Students demonstrated understanding of sequencing in nonfiction books.
Math: In Math, we continued working with Geometrical shapes. Students practiced identifying shapes by playing Geo-Bands! Students had a lot of fun trying to guess their mystery shape.
Writing: In writing, we continued with our opinion writing. Students wrote an introduction to capture their readers and started writing a paragraph with background information to keep their readers informed about their topic. We practiced giving background information using the 5 senses.
Science:In science, we continued to learn about Earth's layers and introduced tectonic plates. Students created a craftivity display of the layers of the earth and practiced their knowledge of the continents and oceans.
Reading: In Reading, we started our new unit on nonfiction. Students learned a nonfiction pre-reading routine while reading our book, Black Widow Spiders during shared reading. We also learned about strategies readers use whlie reading nonfiction.
Math: In Math, we started our new Geometry unit. Students learned about line segments and other vocabulary associated with lines. Students practiced making parallel lines during math rotations.
Writing: In writing, we started our unit on opinion writing. Students reviewed the definition of opinion and brainstormed ideas for their first writing assignment: writing a review. Students were exposed to many examples of reviews to get an understanding of what a review is. Students also started their graphic organizers for their own reviews on a topic.
Science:In science, we started our unit on Earth Science. Students began the unit by doing what scientists do and asking a lot of questions about phenomena that occurs on our Earth. Students learned about the layers of the Earth and will continue to explore how these layers affect the changes that occur on Earth.
Reading: In Reading this week, we talked about how characters' character traits can change throughout the story and how sometimes the authors wants us to learn a lesson from the story. We read Mela and The Elephant as a read-aloud, and students were able to figure out difficult words using context clues, make inferences about Mela's character traits and keep track of the lesson or moral of the story. Students practiced these strategies during literacy centers as well.
Math: In Math, students learned many strategies for the addition of multi-digit numbers. Students explored place value by modeling addition with base ten blocks. There also saw how place value can also be seen with the partial sums method for addition. Lastly, students were able to explain how the standard method of addition works.
Writing: In writing, we continued with our nonfiction writing unit. Students started revising and editing their books with peers and a teacher using a rubric. Students understood that this stage in writing is important because it gives authors an opportunity to have their books read by different sets of eyes.
Science:In social studies we reviewed needs and wants and how they apply to Pheonixville, but also real life. We talked about pros and cons of living in certain areas of our map. Students added their houses to our Pheonixville map after choosing which side they would live on. Students were a ble to explain why they chose the side they chose.
Reading: In Reading this week, we continued to work on character traits and making inferences about character traits based off of what characters say and do. We finished Houndsley and Catina and learned how to retell the story using big character emotions.
Math: In Math, we started working with two digit addition problems. Students shared strategies they already have for solving two digit addition problems. We related the math to shopping where students had a chance to work with money and pretend being the clerk and the cashier. We also learned a new term, ballpark estimate. Students enjoyed figuring out whether their answers were reasonable using a ballpark estimate.
Writing: In writing, we continued with our nonfiction writing unit. Students started looking for pictures to add to their nonfiction stories. While many students were still working on their rough drafts, some started looking over each other's work to revise and edit.
Science:In science, students finished their seed dispersal models. We had a discussion on the challenges and benefits of working collaboratively with a group. Students were able to identify things that went well and things they will do differently next time we have an engineering design challenge. Students happily presented their models to their classmates!