This week students took their Unit 1 Math Test. Before the test, we spent the week reviewing for it. This included reviewing odd and even numbers and different strategies for solving addition and subtraction problems.
***The graded math tests will be coming home with students next week. Students will be asked to correct any mistakes and then return the tests to me by the date listed on the paper. In class we talk about learning from our mistakes, so this is a great way for students to practice this idea.
We will start our next math unit on Monday. This is technically Unit 3 in our math program. (We will go back and do Unit 2 after we finish Unit 3.)
In Unit 3 students will:
- continue to practice addition and subtraction
- round multi-digit numbers and estimate their sums and differences
- add and subtract 3-digit numbers using the standard algorithm as well as other strategies.
This week we focused on strategies for solving hard words including, chunking the word, trying out the different sounds a letter makes, and searching for clues to figure out what the word means (context clues). Students participated in a fun activity where they had to figure out what 10 made up words meant by using the context clues. They did a great job with this!
This week we learned about adjectives and then applied our knowledge of what we learned by writing a descriptive fall poem. The kids then learned how to access our online learning platform (Schoology) and typed their very first writing piece. They did a great job with this! Take a look at the pictures below of the kids typing.
For the last couple week students have been exploring the concept of energy - what is energy, where does energy from from, how is energy stored, and how does energy get transferred. Towards the end of this week we also began to explore the different states of matter - solid, liquid, gas. Next we will learn how matter changes state.