Weekly Updates

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!

February 11 – 15

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

**Thursday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day. We will be making bags and celebrating in class. If your student would like to bring Valentines to pass out please make sure they have enough for the whole class. (We have 25 students.)

**Next week is our Winter Recess so there will be no school February 16 – 24**

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli. Through this story we focus on identifying the point of view. This means who is telling the story. We will be looking for clues, like pronouns, to help us identify if the story is being told in 1st Person or 3rd Person point of view. Check out the poster below for a couple examples!

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

We will also be learning about abbreviations. We use abbreviations to shorten words. We frequently use abbreviations when we write Titles (like Mr. or Mrs.), Streets (like St. or Ln.), measurements (like in. or cm.), and more! Check out a longer list below.

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

MATH:

This week in math we will continue learning about different shapes and sorting them based off their characteristics. We will also introduce the terms congruent and similar. We will practice sorting shapes using these rules.

**Poster credit goes to Guided Math**

**Poster credit goes to Guided Math**

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February 4 – 8

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

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson. Through this story we focus on identifying characters feelings and intentions. We will use these clues to help us analyze the text and identify the lesson the author is trying to teach us.

We will also be learning about subject-verb agreement. This means making sure the verb makes sense with who or what the subject is. Check out the poster below for an example:

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

MATH:

This week in Math we will be starting our new unit on geometry and fractions. We will begin with learning different shapes. We will also be learning about 2D and 3D shapes, congruent and similar shapes, and fractions (halves, thirds, and fourths). If you are following along at home, this unit matches with Chapter 11 of Go! Math.

This week we will be be focusing on naming different shapes and sorting them by their characteristics (size, number of sides, vertices, etc.). We will also be introducing the difference between a polygon not a polygon.

**Poster credit goes to Guided Math**

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January 28 – February 1

**Tuesday, January 29th is an early release day.

**Friday, February 1st is our class field trip to see the play Wonderland: Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure. Due to the time of the play, we will be eating lunch prior to our normal time. Students are asked to bring a lunch from home this day. Since we will still be eating it at school, lunch items can be brought in either disposable or reusable containers.

**Friday, February 1st is also our Family Science Night from 5:30pm – 8:00pm in the GLC! The WVPTO has partnered with Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose to bring 10 new scientific activity stations. This year projects are focused on air and include CD-balloon hovercraft, self-made musical instrument, propelled vehicles, air resistance projects, pneumatic pressure projects, air pollution experiment, air vortex shapes and more. The FSN Committee also prepared two chemistry projects to compliment the CDM projects. Students and parents explore interactive stations, where volunteers assist with individual activities. In addition, Mrs. Wendy Chew will have the C-Lab open from 6:30-7:30 pm for our families to tour inside. Come check it out!

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Snow Day by Lester Laminack. Through this story we focus on summarizing what happened in the story using the format: Somebody Wanted But So Then.

For example if we were to summarize the 3 little pigs we could use the SWBST format below:

We will also continue working on identifying the lesson in the story.

We will also be learning about singular and plural nouns. We know that singular means just one of something. We also know that plural means more than one.

We will be focusing on the different rules for making nouns plural. For example:

  • Most nouns end in an -s when we make them plural (dogs, plants, cars)
  • If a noun ends in the letters s, x, sh, or ch, we make them plural by adding an -es (buses, boxes, dishes, benches)
  • If a noun ends in a -y, we typically change the -y to and -i and add es (baby – babies, berry – berries)

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

We will finish reviewing digraphs as well this week.

MATH:

This week in Math we will continue working on measurement. This week we will look at both Metric Units (centimeters and meters) and Imperial Units (inches and feet). Students will practice measuring different objects using these units as well as estimating the length and height of objects.

We will also be reviewing and testing over telling time and measurement. Students will be tested over the following skills:

  • Telling time to 5 minutes on an analog clock
  • Making time to 5 minutes on an analog clock
  • Solving story problems using elapsed time
  • Using nonstandard, metric, and imperial units to measure different objects

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January 22 – 25

**There is no school next Monday, January 21st.

**Tuesday, January 22nd is an early release day.

WEEK B

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the fictional story Alexander Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Vorst. Through this story we will be focusing identifying the lesson in the story. We will use different strategies to help find the information the author wants us to know. Check out the poster below for a few examples.

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

We will also be learning about pronouns. A pronoun takes the place of a noun in a sentence. For example: Mr. Bernstein is the principal of the school. We can change Mr. Bernstein (a noun) to a pronoun. He is the principal of the school. Check out the poster below for another example.

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

We will continue reviewing digraphs as well.

MATH:

This week in Math we will wrap up our focus on telling time and shift our focus to measurements. To start with we will focus on measuring with non-standard units of measurements (such as measuring with paperclips or math cubes). This will help students get into good habits when it comes measuring the length and height of objects. We will be doing lots of hands on practice before moving onto standard units of measurements such as inches/feet and cm/meters.

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January 14 – 18

**Tuesday, January 15th is an early release day.

**There is no school next Monday, January 21st.

WEEK A

READING:

This week in reading we will be reading the nonfictional story about Martin Luther King Jr. Through this story we will be focusing identifying the key facts, or important information, in a story. We will use different text features to help find the information the author wants us to know. Check out the poster below for a few examples.

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

We will also be learning about commas in a series. We use commas in a series when we are listing 3 or more things in one sentence. For example: My favorite colors are orange, yellow, and blue. We put the commas in between the items in list and stop using commas when we get to a word like AND or OR. Check out the poster below for another example.

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

We will continue reviewing digraphs as well.

MATH:

This week in Math we will continue working on telling time. This week we will be focusing on telling time to the minute as well as elapsed time. We will look at two different times and decide how many minutes or hours has passed in between them. For example: Billy started his homework at 1:00pm. He finished his homework at 2:00pm. The elapsed time would be 1 hour or 60 minutes.

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