PS: Just a reminder, please let me know by Friday if you are interested in attending Feed My Starving Children on January 25th. We'll be working together with Mr. Morkert's class on this service project!
Last week in math we began Chapter 4, Multiplying and Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers. Students practiced multiplying proper fractions and simplifying products. We also got started with solving real world multiplication of fractions problems.
Our study of Nonfiction began last week! Students examined the significance of nonfiction and how the genre is different from fiction. We reviewed the different types of nonfiction and the unique elements within various texts. Students also examined the textual features of reference nonfiction, and used them to locate and sort information. We explored different text structures to comprehend multiple nonfiction texts, and practiced asking ourselves questions before, during, and after reading. Students asked these questions to activate prior knowledge, build understanding, and monitor comprehension.
Last week our writers continued revising their personal narrative drafts. Students revised for sensory details along with thoughts/feelings and lessons learned. We also analyzed opening and closing sentences.
Earth In Space continued last week as we examined Earth's rotation around the sun. Students explored theories and created models to observe patterns of day and night, and Earth's revolution around the sun.
THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS:
We will continue moving through Chapter 4. Students will learn how to multiply mixed numbers and continue solving real world multiplication of fractions problems.
Our nonfiction study will continue this week. Topics of focus include: determining the main idea in nonfiction, problem and solution text structure, and cause and effect text structure.
Writers will continue to work on publishing their drafts this week. Students will self-assess, peer confer, and proofread!
Earth in Space will continue this week with a focus on seasons and constellations.
Monday, 11/25-Friday, 11/29: FALL BREAK!
Monday, 12/2: Classes Resume!