Happy New Year!

It is so great to be back together as a school community!

Students will ponder the reading goals they have set for themselves and will make new resolutions for their reading lives as well as their personal lives. Readers will begin a new unit on Character Study. This week we will put a strong emphasis on learning a broad range of “Colorful Adjectives” to describe characters in the stories we read. For example, instead of writing “My character is nice.” We will learn to substitute nice for: considerate, thoughtful, caring, etc. This will make us stronger writers as well. 

This week we will be launching a new unit of study in writing, persuasive speeches, petitions and editorials.  Students will delve into this unit by immersing themselves in the genre and noticing how writers persuade an audience to share their opinion.

Mathematicians will be introduced to area. They will use pattern blocks to tile given polygons without gaps or overlaps to determine the amount of two-dimensional space is within a region or shape. By the end of the week, students will begin to relate total area with multiplication of side lengths.

We are starting a new unit and Sharing the Planet is the theme. Our central idea is “Organisms adapt to their environment in order to survive.” This week we will do some tuning in activities with the kids getting their minds excited and curious about organisms surviving in their habitats, as well as learning from fossils about past organisms.

Please note:  Next Wednesday we have a field trip…permission slips have been sent out and should be returned by this Friday.

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