Classroom News

This week: February 19 - 23

READING… We completed our narrative unit which focused on imaginative events in a story. Within a couple weeks, the students will be bringing home their memorable fractured fairytale books. The students did an amazing job being the illustrator and author in their books. Their extra efforts were very commendable. J Next week, we will be starting our research report unit. We will be researching the Winter Olympic sports. Students will develop focus questions and read informational texts. The students will summarize the main ideas and identify important details.

 

WRITING… We continue our morning reflections and writing about reading activities. The students are making progress with elaboration and using evidence from the text. We are all becoming “real detectives’ during this learning process. J

SCIENCE.. We continued to deepen our knowledge of pendulums. We counted the number of swings in increments of time. We also finished reading about the history of pendulums and applied the scientific method. Next week, we will apply our environment unit concepts by learning about the Iditarod. This is an Alaskan Dog Sled race that starts the first weekend of March. The students will be selecting their own musher from the race and monitor progress. They will also deepen their knowledge with other activities.

 

SOCIAL STUDIESWe continue to explore our US Government. The students are making progress with their daily geography. We will be learning about the Underground Railroad, and will be doing a special activity.

 

 MATH… We continued Unit 5 which focuses on Division. This continued to focus on dividing whole numbers and making connections to real world story problems. It would be very beneficial to continue to practice division facts at home.

 

*The fifth started a five-week program called Junior Achievement. We are having a special speaker from Investors Community Bank visit our class on Thursdays for about 45 minutes in the afternoon. The topics is about Our Nation. The focus will be providing practical information about the need for employees who can meet the demands of the 21st century job market, particularly high-growth, high-demand jobs. By program's end, students will understand the skills, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math, that will make their futures brighter.