Well, we only have the next 5 school days before we have another break. Let’s make the most of it! We have a very busy week, so let’s get on with what we’ll be learning. This week is Valentines Day. The students may bring in cards to exchange with each other on Wednesday. Also the flu is going around and it has hit our class and the school very hard. If your child is sick please keep them at home to avoid the spread of germs in the classroom.
Math – This week we will continue working with fractions. We will be multiplying fractions by a whole number. Then moving into decimals.
Writing – We will be working with text structures to present our information. We have been practicing this with some “quick writes/flash drafts” in class, but I would like to see them try new strategies. It may turn out that the best strategy is description, but who knows, they may also like compare/contrast as well.
Science- We are working on our unit on stars and planets. The students are really enjoying this unit so far and having a lot of fun.
Reading – We are reading Divided Loyalty. We will also be talking about various perspectives of the colonist during the American Revolution. The students will be reading/looking at various perspectives that are actual first hand accounts of the battles that occurred during the American Revolution and the students will be using RACE method of answering constructed responses for each of the first hand accounts. Now, you might be asking yourself “what in the world is the RACE method?” Well, RACE is an acronym that the students use to make sure they answer the questions completely. R stands for Restate the question – the students are to “scratch out” the “question” part of the question and change it to make a statement. A stands for “answer the question” – this is to make sure they actually answer the question. C stands for “cite your evidence” – this reminds the students that they need to go back into the text and cite what they read that made them think/feel that way. Finally, E stands for “explain your thinking” – this is meant to help the person reading the response get a better understanding of what you meant when you said what you said.
Social Studies-We are beginning our next unit the New Nation/Government.