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    Over the next several weeks will be…

     

    - continuing to work with some topics of measurement, including kilograms, grams, liters and milliliters. In addition, we will explore concepts of geometry as well as long division.  We will also be revisiting the concepts of time and money. We will continue to work on our word problem solving skills, utilizing the concepts we have learned this year.

     - applying the work we have done with both essay writing and reading comprehension strategies as we engage in a variety of literacy activities that help us to understand and respond to text. We continue developing ideas about literature, checking to see that they can be supported with evidence directly from text, discussing with partners and book clubs, and writing structured responses to show our thinking. We will also be continuing informational writing as we share our findings about the big ideas of our science content areas.

    -utilizing strategies for close reading as we explore our next reading units. We will be immersed in reading and writing various types of poetry, and we will learn how to discuss and respond to poetry. After that, we will explore the genre of biography through participation in biography book clubs. We will examine the early life, obstacles, motivations, and accomplishments of a variety of notable people.

    - continuing our most recent class read alouds, centered on the fantasy genre.  We will be finishing up the exciting book,  Copper by Rebecce Lisle, and we will be reading the next book in this series, Amethyst. Our coversations will be based on noticing common themes in this genre, as well as on developing, discussing, supporting, and confirming theories about the characters and plot. 

    - continuing our study of cultural universals as we explore various countries and cities by examining maps, images, statistics, and a variety of literature from and about these places. We will explore their beliefs, government, traditions, and the daily activities of men, women and children. We will draw conclusions, make inferences, and compare and contrast across cultures.

    - engaging in geography activities that focus on how to use atlases, maps, and globes to learn about the world.

    -  exploring plant growth and development while being introduced to the process of scientific investigation through hands-on, inquiry based activities.

    - exploring the properties of water, changes in water, interactions between water and other earth materials, and how humans use water as a natural resource through a series of hands-on investigations.

     - practicing spelling patterns through our word sorts and word study menu activities. We will also be writing descriptive, meaningful, grammatically correct sentences, which use these words.

     - using the cursive letters, both lowercase and uppercase, in some of our written assignments.