Math: We have been multiplication masters around here lately!! I'm sure you have noticed the timed timed tests coming home in purple folders. In order to pass onto the next fact, kids need to earn a score of 38 out of 40 in 2 minutes or less. This has been motivating for us and kids have been really studying those facts at home! We've been working on 3 digit by 2 digit multiplication problems and having those facts mastered have been very handy for the kids. During transitions, I've been hearing them quiz each other on the facts. Please continue to encourage your child to practice these. Their fifth grade teacher will be thrilled when they walk in having them committed to memory! I promise. :) We'll be finishing up our Multiplication unit this week and will be testing Friday. I have a couple more strategies I would like to share with them next week and then we'll begin the review Wednesday. Our next unit of study is Fractions and Decimals.
Language Arts: In Reading, we're continuing to move through our Nonfiction unit. We have been examining short passages and pulling out things such as the topic, topic sentences, main idea and supporting details. We'll continue to work through these short passages next week and continue practicing our reading strategies. In Writing, we're in the midst of our research project. Each student has chosen an animal and we've spent the last week researching it. Next week, we'll begin taking our notes and put them together into organized paragraphs. This is the hard part and what we're doing in Reading will really help this process. This is a BIG unit and will most likely take a good 6 weeks. After we're done writing, we'll put it together in a book including many text features we encounter when we read.
Social Studies: We're continuing our study of US Economics. There are many vocabulary words tied to this unit so we've been doing some fun activities involving money to solidify those concepts. Next week, we'll be doing a fun Specialization activity I know the kids will love!
Science: The Sun, Moon, and Stars is our last unit of the year. We've been learning about the sun and shadows and the kids are really enjoying it. We will be incorporating some research into this unit as well.