Feels like Fall…

We have had a great week back to school following our Fall break of delving into new Units of Study!

As readers this week, we couldn’t wait to begin devouring non-fiction texts during our workshop time. Within our new unit…First, we’ll learn that non-fictions readers really rev up their minds before reading, they think “What sort of text is this? Is it a narrative, expository, a hybrid?” Then we notice text features like titles, subtitles, photos, subtopics. Once we know for sure it’s a non-fiction text that’s just-right for us, we dig even deeper. We read for understanding. We find the main idea and find clues the author leaves as supporting evidence to give us more details to support the main idea. After we learn lots of interesting facts this week, we will share them with our classmates!

As writers’ as well, we are also exploring Nonfiction through authors eyes.  We have begun immersing ourselves into the genre by studying what we know authors do and used to teach their audience.  We have begun the writing process by thinking of topics that we are experts in and starting to make a plan for what we will teach our reader.

As mathematicians will be transitioning to module 2 which uses place value to unify measurement, rounding skills, and the standard algorithms for addition and subtraction.  The module begins with plenty of hands-on experience using a variety of tools to build practical measurement skills and conceptual understanding of metric and time units.  Estimation naturally surfaces through application; this transitions students into rounding.  In the module’s final topics students round to assess whether or not their solutions to problems solved using the standard algorithms are reasonable.

We are starting a new unit of inquiry around “Where we are in Place and Time.” The central idea is The change of climate affects our lives.  Students will inquire into changes in climate, types of climate and natural disasters. This week, there will be a focus on student questioning and tuning into the new content.
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