Weekly Updates

April 22 – 26

**Tuesday, April 23rd is an early release day.

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. We will use this story to focus on identifying the motivation of the characters. What goals do they have or what drives them to act the way they do? We will also look at how the author structures the story’s timeline using flashbacks, or looking back into the past.

We will also be learning about prefixes. Prefixes are added to the beginning of words and change their meaning. For example, the prefix -un means not. So the word unhappy means not happy. This week we will be focusing on the prefixes un-, re-, pre-, dis-, and mis-. Check out the poster below for their meaning and some examples.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will be working on the phonics sounds sion/tion (at the end of words) as well.

MATH:

This week in Math we will begin our unit on money. If you are following along at home, this unit matches with the first half of Chapter 7 of Go! Math. We will start off by reviewing pennies (1 cent) and dimes (10 cents) and representing different money amounts using these coins. This will help make the connection to the base ten place value system our numbers follow. We will also begin adding in other coins such as nickels (5 cents) and quarters (25 cents). Check out the video below for some catchy information about each coin!

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April 8 – 12

**Tuesday, April 9th is an early release day.

**There will be no school next week, April 13 – 21 due to spring break.

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the biography Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan. We will use this story to focus on identifying the lesson, or moral, in the story. This is what the author wants us to learn from reading the story. We will be using evidence from the story to support our answers. Check out the poster below for some questions we ask ourselves to help identify the lesson.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will also be learning about suffixes. Suffixes are added to the end of words and change their meaning. For example, the suffix -ful means full of. So the word beautiful means full of beauty. This week we will be focusing on the suffixes -able, -ed, -ful, and -less. Check out the poster below for their meaning and some examples.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will be working on the phonics sounds al/el (at the end of words) as well.

MATH:

This week in Math we will begin focusing more on division. When we think about division we focus on breaking numbers apart into smaller, equal groups. We can also view it as repeated subtraction (the opposite of multiplication). Check out the example below.

**Poster credit goes to Guided Math**

This week we will be testing over the skills we have learned this unit. Students will be tested over the following materials:

  • Skip counting by 10s, 5s, and 2s
  • Solving multiplication problems using arrays, repeated addition, equal groups, and number lines
  • Solving division problems using equal groups

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April 1 – 5

**Tuesday, April 2nd is an early release day.

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the biography Catching the Moon by Crystal Hubbard. We will use this story to focus on retelling the story from beginning, middle, to end as well as asking an answering questions using the 5 Ws (who, what, when, where, and why). We are also learning about similes. Similes compare two things using the words “like” or “as”. Similes help to paint a picture about what is happening in the story. For example, instead of saying “the boy was fast” we could use a simile and say “the boy was as fast as a cheetah”. This paints a better picture to show how that boy was very, very fast! Check out the poster below for more examples.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will also be learning about literal and non-literal language. Literal language is when the text means exactly what is says. For example: “He broke his foot” literally means his foot is broken. However with non-literal language (which we also call idioms), we don’t always mean exactly what we say. For example: “she said to zip your lips” does not mean to put a zipper on your mouth, it means to be quiet. Check out the posters below for extra examples.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will be working on the phonics sounds oo (as in moon and book) as well.

MATH:

This week in Math we will continue working on multiplication by learning a variety of strategies to solve and represent equations. Check out the examples below.

**Poster credit goes to Guided Math**

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March 24 – 28

**Tuesday, March 25th is an early release day.

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Library Lion by Michelle Knudson. We will use this story to focus on identifying characters’ feelings through the clues the author gives us. The poster below focuses on three clues we will use to help determine how a character may be feeling.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will also be learning about articles. We use three articles when talking about nouns. Check out the poster below for a few examples and rules for when we use each one.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will be working on the phonics sounds aw/au as well.

MATH:

This week in Math we will begin focusing on the basics of multiplication and division. Unfortunately there is not a Go! Math workbook that this unit corresponds with. We will start off with skip counting by numbers to help connect the concept of repeated addition to multiplication. For example 3 x 5 is the same thing as 3 groups of 5 or 5+5+5 which equals 15. We could also say that 5 x 3 is the same thing as 5 groups of 3 or 3+3+3+3+3 which also equals 15.

We will also represent multiplication problems through arrays, like the one below.

**Poster credit goes to Learn Zillion

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March 18 – 22

**There is no school Monday, March 18th due to a staff learning day.

**Tuesday, March 19th is an early release day.

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. We will use this story to focus on describing character traits – both physical and personality traits. We will also focus on how characters change and develop based on the challenges they face.

We will also be learning about irregular past tense verbs. We know that normally we add -ed to the end of a verb to show it already happened. Sometimes there are irregular verbs that don’t follow the rules and completely change when they happen in the past. Check out the poster below for a few examples.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will be working on the phonics sounds oi/oy as well.

MATH:

This week in Math we will finishing up our unit on graphing and data. We will be focusing on asking and answering questions about different graphs. We will also be testing over this unit. Students will be tested over the following materials:

  • Answer questions about picture and bar graphs
  • Use data to make a picture and bar graph
  • Compare data using words less, more, least, and greatest

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March 11 – 15

**Tuesday, March 12th is an early release day.

**Monday, March 18th there is no school due to a staff learning day

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting. We will use this story to focus on fictional story structure including identifying the setting, characters, and character traits.

We will also be learning about collective nouns. We know that nouns are people, places, or things. When you have a collection, or a large group of a certain nouns, we sometimes use a collective noun to talk about the whole group. Check out a couple examples used in sentences below.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will be working on the phonics sounds ew/ue as well.

MATH:

This week in Math we will be starting our new unit on graphing and data. If you are following along at home, this unit matches with Chapter 10 of Go! Math. We will begin with practicing ways to classify and sort data into different forms (picture graphs, bar graphs, tables, etc.). Students will also be surveying and collecting their own data to represent in a variety of graphs.

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March 4-8

**Tuesday, March 5th is an early release day.

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the non-fictional story Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell. We will use this story to begin our discussion on biographies, or stories about peoples’ lives. Through this story we focus on a story’s structure.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will also be learning about comparative adjectives. We know that adjectives are describing words. We use comparative adjectives to compare between two things. We use the suffix -er to compare these things. Check out a couple examples used in sentences below.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will be working on the phonics sounds ou/ow as well.

MATH:

This week in math we will continuing learning about fractions. When we talk about fractions we talk about finding the part of a whole. Check out the video below for a few examples of real life fractions.

**Poster credit goes to Nicole Swisher**

We will also be reviewing and testing what we have learned so far about shapes and fractions. Students will be tested over the following materials:

  • Identifying polygons
  • Identifying quadrilaterals
  • Identifying and drawing congruent shapes
  • Identifying 2D and 3D shapes (name, how many faces, vertices, etc.)
  • Identifying and making fraction

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February 25 – March 1

**Tuesday, February 26th is an early release day.

**Please have students bring their Flat Stanley journals back on Monday. We will begin sharing our adventures in class!

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the non-fictional story Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine. Through this story we focus on identifying the mood. This means the feeling the reader gets from the story. We will also be looking at historical figures/heroes and the impact they have made.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

We will also be learning about conjunctions. We use abbreviations to join together words in a sentence. Some conjunctions we use frequently include words like and, but, so, or, nor, and yet. Check out a couple examples used in sentences below.

**Poster credit goes to Rooted in Reading by Amy Lemons and Katie King**

MATH:

This week in math we will finish learning about 2D and 3D shapes, as well as introducing the concepts of perimeter and area. Perimeter is the distance around a shape while area is the space inside a shape. We will be finding the perimeter and area of a variety of different polygons. Check out the poster below for more details!

**Poster credit goes to Nicole Swisher**

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February 18-22

This week is our Winter Recess so there will be no school February 16 – 24. School will resume on Monday, February 25th

Don’t forget to work on your Flat Stanley journals over break. We are excited to see all the adventures our class has when we return!