Students were so excited to crack open their geodes on Thursday. Hopefully they all made it home safely. Today students are bringing home crystals that they grew in science lab from a mixture of Borax and water. Their crystals should be taken out of the plastic bag and dried to avoid molding.
Here is a quick look at what we will cover this week:
Social Studies- Today we learned to identify the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains on a US map, and we started our famous people study with Paul Revere. You will receive a newsletter tomorrow with some background information and fun facts. (We have already studied the branches of government, but on Thursday Judge Rob Leonard will be visiting to explain the Judicial Branch and his role in our local government. This is part of a program called "Court 2 You".)
Math- Two step word problems. We will be working in small groups and in centers to practice this difficult skill.
Reading- Students are practicing using context clues to determine the meaning of words that they don't know. If your child asks what a word is as they are reading work together to decode the word and search around the word for clues as to what is means. We are learning to look for definitions, examples, pictures, or synonyms and antonyms near the word in the phrase, sentence, or paragraph.
Writing- The students are using what they have learned about soil to write an informational piece about Herman the Worm and his travels through the Three Sister's Garden at Addison Elementary. They are using a fictitious character, but focusing on informing their audience about the color and particle size of each type of soil that Herman might find in the garden.
Spelling- Unit 11 need, far, hand, high, year, badge, bridge, ridge, judge, fudge, rage, huge, page, stage, cage, charge, range, sponge, bulge
I have taught for 6 years and joined the Addison family in January of last year. I was so excited to return to the school I attended for 4th and 5th grade.
Wednesday- Math Lab
Practice 4's to the tune of Frere Jacques
Practice 6's to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus