Thursday, February 16, 2017

Curriculum Update

In Reading, we have been using nonfiction texts to read about and research different countries.  The kids have been practicing note taking strategies to organize the facts that they are learning.  They are working on a presentation using LucidPress.  They will be sharing their learning with their classmates tomorrow.

In Science, we have been learning about matter and energy. We completed a written review on Monday and Tuesday, and played a jeopardy game review yesterday.  The kids are taking an assessment today, and I know they will do great! Next we will be learning about the Water Cycle, which actually builds on what they learned about heat energy causing matter to change states.  It will be a short unit.

In writing, students are writing opinion pieces about a topic they have strong feelings about.  For example, recess should be longer, students should be allowed to chew gum in class, people should not text and drive… these are a few student’s topics.  We are following an OREO format which means they state their Opinion, give Reasons and Examples, and then restate their Opinion.

In math, we have been learning about fractions and how to compare fractions.  We have compared fractions with like denominators as well as those with like numerators.  We have also used a number line to compare fractions. Next we will be learning about equivalent fractions.