Curriculum Updates …
Math: We have been working with coordinate grids and understanding decimals. Place value to the thousandths place and rounding have been the areas that have needed the most focus. We will review adding and subtracting decimals at the end of this unit. Attending to precision, constructing viable arguments, and making sense of problems and persevering in solving them are the mathematical processes embedded in all lessons.
Social Studies: We have explored and are now on to colonization! During this unit students will participate in Discovery, a simulation that recreates in our classroom some of the hardships and excitement experienced by early colonists. In small groups they will prepare to sail, start a colony, and strive to prosper in the New World. Lessons will also focus on the regions of the 13 Original Colonies and what made them unique. The essential questions that will be answered during this unit include:
- What were the key events that led to the colonization of the New World?
- What lasting consequences did colonization of the New World have on the rest of the world?
- What were the effects of interactions between Native Americans and colonists?
- What were some of the struggles and hardships of the colonists?
Language Arts: Explorers are behind us! If your child created a slideshow, you can log on to their Language Arts Google Classroom and take a peek! Between now and April break we will be writing some poetry and prepping for Great American. Students have been introduced to a couple types of poetry forms and all are trying their hand at following the patterns. They’re coming up with some great stuff! We will return to poetry in June and bring our creations to final copy. Students will be given our Great American (GA) time period and list of names any day now. We will have a few lessons in the library about how to use Marvel, which is a huge database of great sites they’ll use while researching. They will choose five top names from our list and use Marvel to look up some cool facts about each one. They will use the facts to give me their top three choices the week before the break. In class we will be reading an article on Ruby Bridges and practicing finding character traits based on her actions and making biography hash in preparation for reading our GA’s biography. After vacation GA’s will be announced, and we’ll be off and running!
Reading: We are winding down with poetry reading. Students have chosen a poem to memorize. They should be practicing at home. They need to think about pausing at punctuation and reciting with inflection. I can’t wait to hear them all! Just before the break we will practice reading with a specific purpose in mind. This will prepare them to read their GA’s biography looking for character traits their GA exhibits. Biographies will be handed out right after break.
*Be sure to check out the Photo Gallery for some Colonial Craft Day pics!
Conversation starters ...
Math challenges (are they trying any?)
Attending to precision
Fizz and Martina - explain how to solve a problem without using numbers
x and y coordinates
Roanoke and Jamestown
GA time period
Biography Hash (just before the break)
Talk about the GA’s they’re interested in
Scat Will Nick and Marta help the baby panther get back to his mother?
Pencils- Do they have enough at school to be prepared for class?
A look ahead ….
Map of Mythical Country - due Monday, April 9
Course sign up for band/chorus and Modern Language for next year - April 9
MEA Science Testing - April 26 and April 27
Career Fair - May 4