# February 10 – 14

## Learning this Week:

### Social Studies

We will continue expanding Westward and students will learn about the Indian Removal Act, Trail of Tears, Oregon Trail, Gold Rush and the annexation of Texas!

### Math

We will continue learning about fractions, specifically adding and subtracting mixed numbers with like denominators and regrouping to subtract with like denominators. Thank you for your continued practice with multiplication fact fluency through Moby Max, flash cards, etc. this knowledge is a critical foundation for their mathematical thinking.

### Reading

Students will be reading chapters 116 – 20 in Tuck Everlasting and focusing on evidence  from text to support comprehension and opinion. In small group we will work on a leveled informational text; focusing on structure, main idea and supporting details with a social studies passage on the Indian Removal Act.

OR

Students will finish our work with paired text from StoryWorks , Attack from Outerspace  and Planet Protectors focusing on vocabulary, text evidence, synthesizing information, text structure, and critical thinking skills. In small group we will work on a leveled informational text focusing on structure, main idea and supporting details with a social studies passage on the Indian Removal Act.

Continue working on the 10 Book Challenge! Remember that there is a Choice Board for possible book projects when the book they are reading does not have a Reading Counts Quiz. Several book projects have come in this week and they are wonderful!

### ELA/Writing

Student are progressing nicely with their opinion writing. This week in small groups we will focus on the structure of the body paragraphs reviewing the reason statement, giving examples, providing evidence from text or personal knowledge, explaining the evidence, and then transitioning to the next reason. We will also be working on ordering adjectives.

# February 3 – 7

## Learning this Week:

### Social Studies

We will move into our Westward Expansion unit. Students will learn about the Louisiana Purchase, Corps of Discovery, Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears.

### Math

We will continue working with fractions, all sorts! The new learning this week is adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators and maybe even mixed numbers! Please continue to practice multiplication fact fluency through Moby Max, flash cards, etc. Understanding these number relationships is vital to the fractions unit.

### Reading

Students will be reading chapters 12 – 15 in Tuck Everlasting and focusing on symbolism, character changes and theme.

OR

Students will be reading paired text from StoryWorks , Attack from Outerspace  and Planet Protectors focusing on vocabulary, text evidence, synthesizing information, text structure, and critical thinking skills.

Continue working on the 10 Book Challenge – this is a wonderful way to increase comprehension skills and broaden vocabulary!

### ELA/Writing

Students are finishing their first solo opinion essays and there has been so much improvement! I am one proud teacher!! Last week we focused on introductions, body paragraphs, and conclusions. This week we will focus on the use of transitions and explaining the evidence we used to support the reasons in our thesis statement. Students are selecting their topic from: taking a trip into outer space, banning cell phone use and walking, and fidget spinners in the classroom.

# January 27 – 31

## Learning this Week:

### Science

Students will be writing an essay describing the important differences between weather and climate.

### Social Studies

We will move into our Westward Expansion unit. Students will learn about the events leading up to the War of 1812.

### Math

We will continue our work with equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, and ordering fractions. This week we will introduce fractions within word problems.  Please continue to practice multiplication fact fluency through Moby Max, flash cards, etc. Understanding these number relationships is vital to the fractions unit.

### Reading

Some students will be reading chapters 6 – 11 in Tuck Everlasting and focusing on point of view, comparing and contrasting.

Other students will be reading StoryWorks article, The Big One and focusing on point of view, plot, and main idea and details.

Continue working on the 10 Book Challenge – this is a wonderful way to increase comprehension skills and broaden vocabulary!

### ELA/Writing

Students will continue working on their opinion paper. This week’s focus will be on the introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. We will work on going from general to our specific thesis statement in the introduction. We will work on developing strong body paragraphs that include a narrative story and quote to support our reasoning. Finally, we will write conclusions that restate our opinions and leave an impression on the reader – a strong finish.

# January 20 – 24

## Learning this Week:

### Science

We will continue learning about weather, weather instruments and graphing instrument data. We will also be contrasting weather and climate.

### Math

We are continuing our fraction unit and moving into comparing fractions with unlike numerators and denominators as well as ordering fractions. Again, knowledge of multiplication facts and number relationships is critical to this unit. Please have students continue to work on their multiplication fact fluency through Moby Max, flash cards, etc.

### Reading

Students will be reading chapters 1 – 5 in Tuck Everlasting and focusing on character traits, setting, novel vocabulary, figurative language, predictions, and summarizing the text that they have read while working in literature circles and specific roles.

### ELA/Writing

Students will select their next opinion piece from a choice of three – chewing gum in school, helium balloons, and chocolate milk in school. This week’s focus will be on Boxes and Bullets – the development of a strong thesis statement – with opinion statement and three reasons.

# January 13 – 17

## Learning this Week:

### Science

We will continue learning about water cycle and be moving into weather. You will have weather forecasters in residence!!

### Math

We are beginning our unit on fractions. This week our focus will be equivalent fractions. Please have students continue to work on their multiplication fact fluency through Moby Max, flash cards, etc. This is a critical skill for their future learning.

### Reading

We will begin a novel study on Tuck Everlasting. I will  be modeling the roles of individuals for literature circles after reading the Prologue as a class. Keep working on the 10 Book Challenge – many students are already on their second books!

### ELA/Writing

We will be finish “Our Hero” opinion pieces and submitting. Students will be practicing their opinion statements, create a thesis, and support with reasons.

# January 6 – 10

## Learning this Week:

### Science

We will begin learning about the states of matter and the water cycle. Be ready, 4th graders love to sing the Water Cycle Song!!

### Math

We will review important multiplication and division strategies as we prepare to move into fractions. Please have students continue to work on their multiplication fact fluency through Moby Max, flash cards, etc. This is a critical skill for their future learning.

### Reading

We will be reading a poem from StoryWorks, The Snowflake and working on point of view using various texts.

### ELA/Writing

We will be moving into Opinion Writing – students will learn to write opinion statements, create a thesis, and support with reasons.

# December 16 – 20

Important Happenings:

Tuesday: Sparkle and Shine Day
Wednesday: Holiday Hats (Swift’s Class – not on Tritt Calendar) and our class Holiday Friendship Experience
Thursday: Crazy Holiday Attire
Friday: PJ Day & Holiday Sing!

Important academic dates:

Wednesday: In Class Constitution projects due
Thursday: Book presentations

#### Social Studies

Students will finish the Constitution Projects they have been working on for the past 10 days. These project based learning assignments covered the important people of the Constitutional Congress, formation of our government,  importance of the Bill of Rights, balance of power and responsibilities as they relate to the different levels of government, our republic.

#### Math

This week we will be reviewing multistep word problems for all operations, reviewing area, and working on rectilinear area.

#### Reading

We will continue to work with informational texts as related to text features and comparing and contrasting first and second hand accounts of texts.

#### ELA/Writing

Students will work on Monday and Tuesday to read two informational passages, organize their writing and write an informational piece compare and contrast Earhart and Lindberg.

# December 9 – 13

### Important Happenings:

• Thursday, December 12th – Papa John’s Pizza Night
• Thursday, December 19th – Three Book Challenge project due
• Friday, December 20th – Holiday Sing (students only)
• Dec 19-20: Early Release Days

### Learning this Week:

#### Social Studies

We will continue to study the formation of our government, the importance of the Bill of Rights, balance of power and responsibilies as they relate to the different levels of government.

#### Math

This week we will be working with remainders in division and what they mean. For example – Do they effect the answer? Are they the answer? Do they provide necessary or erroneous information?

#### Reading

We will be reading an informational article from StoryWorks, The Great Halifax Explosion. Students continue to work on  informational text structure, main idea and supporting details, and also text features and how they help us to understand informational texts more clearly. (headings, graphs, diagrams, captions, illustrations, photographs, etc.).

#### ELA/Writing

Students are continuing to work on their informational essay on the Branches of Government. This week our focus will be the bodies of the essay and the conclusion. Our focus will be on providing evidence to support our ideas within the paragraphs, using transitions to move from one idea to the next, and writing a strong conclusion.

# December 2 – 6

### Welcome Back – I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving Holidays!

Important Happenings:

• Dec. 2-Dec. 13: Board Game and Toy Drive for LaBelle Elementary
• Thursday: PTA meeting/Chorus concert 6pm

Learning This Week:

#### Social Studies

We will be studying the Post-Revolutionary War period in the US. Specifically, the writing of the Constitution, formation of our government and the importance of the Bill of Rights.

#### Math

This week we will continue working on division and using both place value and estimation when solving partial quotient division problems.

#### Reading

We will be reading an informational article from StoryWorks, The Mystery of Roanoak. Students will practice their informational text structure skills and will work on identifing main ideas and the details to support them from the text we are reading.

#### ELA/Writing

Students will apply the skills they have learned to write their own informational essay on the Branches of Government. We will focus on developing a solid thesis statement, using the thesis to guide our research, and providing evidence to support our thesis.

# Nov 18 – 22

Important Happenings:

• Remember 48 Hours symptom free before returning to school!
• Friday, November 22, Field Trip to Cobb History Museum for our Revolutionary War and Forming a New Government experience
• Next week, Nov 25 – 29, Thanksgiving Holidays

Learning This Week:

Science: Students will be completing their different models of ecosystems in groups and presenting them to the class which will conclude our Ecosystem Unit.
Math: We are continuing to practice multistep multiplication word problems and are moving into partial quotient division.
This anchor chart explains the partial quotient process. PLEASE do not use the standard algorithm, or long division, at home.
Reading: We are concluding our novel study of George Washington’s Spies this week.  We continue to work on written responses to questions using the  RACE strategy.  It is important that students be able to support their answers with examples or evidence from the text and be able to explain them.
Three Book Challenge – three books, three genres by December 13th. If they need assistance finding books in their Lexile Range, I am happy to help as is Mrs. Bates. Students can also use search for different genres in their Lexile Range in the LLC.
Writing: Students will be writing an informational essay on why their focus topic is important. We will be writing thesis statements and providing information to support the reasons within our thesis statements. We will finish our first informational writing piece this week.