Welcome Back! I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful break last week. Only about 3 and 1/2 weeks until our next break! We can do this! It’s so hard to believe that Christmas is right upon us already. Here’s what we have on our schedule for this week.
Math – in our number talks we will be reviewing how to find factors, multiples, as well as prime and composite numbers. Once we’ve had a chance to review factors and multiples, we will be moving on to division. This week, we will be working on division with remainders. It’s very important for students to realize that when they encounter remainders, many times we need to “up” the number of what we’re looking for. For example, if we are working on dividing groups of students to ride buses, we would have to have an extra bus for those “remaining” students. We wouldn’t want to leave anyone behind. When we interpret a remainder we decide if we want to Drop-It, Round-It, or Share-It.
Reading-we are continuing to read The Fighting Ground by Avi. The students are really enjoying this book. We have had some amazing discussions about the decisions the main character takes. As well as the outcomes of his decisions and how they affect him and others.
Writing-we are working on opinion writing using the OREO strategy. The students have been given several writing prompts throughout the week. After they have answered the writing prompt we exchange papers. Then using an opinion check sheet we check for what should be included in the writing piece such as a lead, a clear opinion, reasons to support your opinion, examples from the text that support your opinion, and a clear concreate conclusion.
Science-we will be beginning our unit on Light, Color, and Sound.
Social Studies – we have begun our unit on the original 13 colonies. We unfortunately have so much to cover this year in social studies, so we will be moving very fast through this unit. We will color a map of the 13 colonies, create a map key to go along with our colors on our map. We will also be discussing quite a bit of vocabulary with this unit. As we progress through the unit, we will be comparing/contrasting the three regions (southern, middle, and new England colonies). We will be talking about the jobs, as well as growing season among the regions. We will also be reading about the first “official” colony – Virginia, and discussing the reasons why the colonists came to what is now present day United States.