- 12th Feb 8:15am MAP Parent workshop @ Level 5
- 13th Feb Parent PL: Positive Parenting @ Level 5
- 14th Feb- Valentines celebration in class
- 15th Feb 3B/4C Assembly + ESLR Global Citizen
- 15th Feb PSA Popcorn Friday
Students will be inquiring into environmental changes and how they affect plants and animals. We will look at different ecosystems and discuss causes and effects on change. Our central idea continues to be “organisms adapt to their environment.”
Mathematicians will extend their knowledge of equal shares to understanding fractions as equal partitions of a whole. Their knowledge becomes more formal as they work with area models and the number line. Throughout this unit, students will work with fractional units of halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and eighths. To build flexible thinking about fractions, students are exposed to additional fractional units such as fifths, ninths, and tenths.
We will begin with actively partitioning different models of wholes into equal parts. At home you can help by encouraging your child to practice partitioning household items (pieces of paper, portions of food, a pack of crayons, etc.) into equal parts.
As writers, we are continuing to draft persuasive speeches, letters and editorials on topics that we are passionate about. We will grow in our understanding of how to say more within our examples. We will also be using peers to get feedback and revise when needed.
We will continue with a new book club this week. Students will have more choice on what books they will read and who they are in a group with. We will focus on conversations about books and responsibilities of reading their part and adding to the discussions.
Monday: Field Trip with Chinese Teachers
Wednesday: No school for students! 3 Way Conferences. Please bring your child with you to the conference.
Thursday: Dress in Chinese traditional clothing, Assembly, Lion Dance on sports field
Friday: No School
Students will share out their learning this week. They have each inquired into different animals and learned about traits, behavior, life cycle and food chains. They will have a chance to present their learning to the class.
Mathematicians will show what they know about area on our end of module assessment. The remainder of the week will be dedicated to reteach and enrichment.
We will continue forming strong opinions about topics that we are passionate about. Writers are growing in their awareness of how to effectively persuade their audience by using examples to support their stance on an issue. Talk with your child about the topic they have chosen to write about and who their intended audience is.
As readers this week, we will look at illustrations to discover how they also play a role in the story. A good reader combines the illustrations as well as the text to get a full understanding of the story. We will also continue to look deeper at our character as they trek up and down the story mountain, reaching the pinnacle of the mountain- or the boiling point of the character’s problem. We will notice how our character’s internal traits and personality often changes when they endure the process of resolving a problem.
Students will work on learning more about life cycles, inherited and behavioral traits and how animals survive. They are choosing their own animal to research and they will create a poster to present their learning to the class.
Mathematicians will apply their knowledge of area with an emphasis on real-world applications by solving word problems. The word problems provide a stepping-stone for the real-world, project-based application of area.
Writers will continue to move through the writing process, working on their persuasive speeches. Students will draw attention to editing strategies to “edit as they go!” This involves growing in their awareness around using capitalization, punctuation, spelling and grammar choices.
We have started book clubs in reading. Students are reading chapters independently and discussing what they read with their club. We are focusing on characters, predictions, summarizing and asking questions.
We will go on a field trip on Wednesday to Window of the World.
This week students will work on a mini research project. They will choose an animal and look into the animals habitat. Students will research these three questions:
- What are 3 ways the animal uses surroundings for survival?
- What is the food chain for this animal to survive?
- How do humans interact with the habitat?
In readers workshop this week, readers will continue to look deeper into the development of character. First, they will notice patterns in the characters’ behavior, analyzing the strong traits of the character. Using what they know about their character, they will discuss WHY the character behaves the way they do. Towards the end of the week, readers will make predictions about character using evidence they have gathered about their character.
Writers will be busy drafting persuasive arguments within a topic that they feel passionate about. We are continuing to generate ideas and plan our reasons in order to justify our thesis statement. Students will use a checklist to help them work with independence. They will also learn more about when to start a new paragraph and how to talk with an audience.
Mathematicians will continue their work with area by moving on to working with arithmetic properties. Students will apply knowledge of the distributive property from Modules 1 and 3 to find area
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.
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.
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.
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.
*Sorry this is late in the week. I’ve been battling a bug but feel much better now. All the content still applies to next week but I’ll post a new update next week.
Thursday: Books and Cocoa. Students get to wear their pajamas to school! We are going to watch a movie with our reading buddies in the gecko theatre.
Friday: ESLR Assembly and early dismissal at 11:30
This is our last week of the unit! We will finish working on our culture quilt that will be sent away and made over Winter break. Students are also finishing sharing a story that relates to their culture. This has been a great unit and we want to thank you for sharing your stories at home.
Writers will wrap up the work they have been doing as authors within our open genre unit. Students will move through the writing process by revising, editing, publishing and celebrating!