- Friday, March 31st - Reading Logs Due
- Spring Break - April 1st through April 9th! Enjoy the time off!! :)
- Monday, April 10th - Return to School
- Wednesday, April 12th - Spring Pictures
- Friday, April 14th - No School (Good Friday)
Math: We're rolling right along with our fractions unit. Our Math groups are back in action and this way, we can either speed things up or slow things down. If you notice your child is having difficulty on the Math homework, please spend some time working with them to develop these skills. The groundwork we're laying now is so very important for our next unit on Fractions/Decimals and also next year in 5th grade! We'll be wrapping up unit 6 next week so expect a review sheet early next week. After break, we'll continue building on these skills as we begin unit 7. In this unit, we'll explore equivalent fractions and decimals. It's hard to believe we have just a few units left this year!!
Language Arts: We're officially finished with our Persuasive unit! I should have graded persuasive papers next week. I'm still working on getting them finished up and back to the kiddos. Our next writing unit is informational writing. Kids will become experts in this unit as they pick a topic and develop it into 5-6 chapters. We'll be spending a lot of time looking through informational books to see how authors write so we can use some of their techniques.
I finished reading assessments last week and I'll be noting instructional levels on the report cards. In reading, we're moving into informational reading next week. We'll start by looking at the layout of non-fiction pieces and discussing how text features help us understand what we're reading. We'll also begin to dig deeper into Main Idea versus Theme. Kids sometimes confuse the two so we'll be doing a few fun lessons to solidify those concepts. In the next couple of weeks, we'll focus more on reading short articles and discussing the main idea.
Social Studies: We've finished up our Geography unit and will be starting our Human Geography unit next week. In this unit, we spend a lot of time learning why people might migrate to different areas. Next, we'll be talking about why families might choose to move to different places and we'll discuss factors that push us out of our countries and pull us into different ones. I have a few fun simulations that I'll do with the kids that will help us learn more about these concepts as well.
Science: In Science, we just finished up our last part of this unit which focuses on propeller driven vehicles. Kids had an awesome time making their final designs and testing them! Our next unit is Moon, Sun and Stars. We'll be doing a little research along the way and will tie in some fun activities as well.