- Cultural Connections Family Holiday Potluck - December 5th
- Friday Frenzy - December 6th
- Rock Shop - December 11th - 13th
- Pajama Day - Friday, December 20th
- Winter Break (No School) - Monday, December 23rd - Friday, January 3rd
- First Day Back to School After the New Year - Tuesday, January 7th
We finished our multiplication unit. The kids have a great grasp on the concept of multiplication and solving multiplication story problems. We have worked hard to learn strategies for solving multiplication facts that we don't have memorized. As the students continue working to memorize their facts, these strategies won't be needed, however, right now, we have really improved our number sense with these strategies.
We are starting our next math unit - Unit 4 Measurement and Fractions. In this unit students will:
- tell time and calculate elapsed time (how much time has passed)
- measure mass and volume to solve problems
- model and compare fractions in different ways
Today, we worked on telling time to the nearest minute. This weekend, help your child review their time-telling skills by asking them to look at a clock and tell you the time throughout the day! :)
As part of our nonfiction unit, students are working to identify the five different nonfiction text structures - description, sequence, compare/contrast, cause/effect, problem/solution. This higher level skill will take some time to master, but the kids have a really good start on it. At home, if your child is reading a nonfiction book, ask they what text structure they think the author used to organize the information on that certain page, paragraph, chapter, etc.
After finishing our descriptive writing project based off of the Book In November by Cynthia Rylant, we took a break to work on some homophones that I've noticed the students' are misusing in their writing - your, you're, there, their, they're, and to, too, two. We worked to understand when each of these words is used, and then we went back to some of our previous writing projects in our writer's notebooks to correct errors that we noticed we made. Now moving forward, the students will be able to use these commonly misused words correctly! :)
We began our unit on the northeast region of the United States. We learned which states make up this region, as well as some of the important cities in these states. We focused on these 3 questions:
1. Why is the northeast region called "the birthplace of our nation?"
2. Why did our nation's first factories start here?
3. What large cities are found in the northeast region?