In reading workshop this week, readers will take a long look at the characters in their books and compare and contrast the similarities and differences in their personalities. Students will gather text evidence to have a mini-debate about their characters.
Writers will be wrapping up their learning around persuasive writing. We will go through the revising, editing and publishing process to prepare our speeches to share with others. Next week we will launch new learning around Literary Non-fiction!
Mathematicians will begin by comparing unit fractions. Using real-life examples and area models, students understand that, when comparing fractions, the whole must be the same size. Finally, students learn that redefining the whole can change the unit fraction that describes the shaded part.
Students are digging deeper into the “why” animals are endangered and how living things effect the environment. They will gather information and put it together to share out with their peers.
- 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.