Miss Roberts * Stoy School * March 16, 2015
This week, we will ponder the question, “What can you learn from signs in your community?” In the humorous fiction story, The Signmaker’s Assistant, a town’s residents learn that they can’t always believe what they read. We will also read the play The Trouble with Signs.
Target Vocabulary: assistant, agreed, polite, failed, tearing, wisdom, trouble, cleared
Phonics Skills: Words with r-controlled vowels ar (car)
Vocabulary Strategy: Synonyms
Comprehension Skill: Text and graphic features- tell how words work with art
Comprehension Strategy: Question – asking questions about what you are reading
The second marking period has Friday and we are all excited to begin Guided Reading groups again. Each child should be bringing his/her book home during the week.
This week, the students will complete their own “How To” books. The students have demonstrated their many skills like; making a snowman, brushing their teeth, setting the table and doing homework, which they have made step-by-step directions. For their "final," they will watch me complete a task; making a sandwich, and create a How To book on their observations. Once they are complete, we will be changing gears and refocusing our writing mini lessons back to personal narratives. The students have learned and practiced writing; interesting leads, elaborate details to describe the setting and characters, and using suspense. After a quick review and practice session, we will focus on writing the main even of a narrative. The students will use questions to help guide them and develop the main event instead of writing a short summary that quickly tells the reader what happened.
Lesson 8-1: Equal Parts of ONE
- Using manipulatives to model ½, ¼, and 1/8,
- Dividing shapes into equal parts
- Writing fractions to name equal parts
- Key Vocabulary – congruent, ONE (the whole), fraction, denominator, numerator
Lesson 8-2: Exploring Fractions, Multiplication and
Division, and Volume
- Comparing 1’s 10’s and 100’s
- Comparing fractional parts using pattern blocks
- Making reasonable estimates for the total amount
- Making arrays on geo-boards to model multiplication
- Key Vocabulary – cubic centimeter, volume
Lesson 8-3: Collecting Things
- Describing and name fractional parts of a collection of objects
- Using manipulatives to model fractions as equal parts of a collection of things
Lesson 8-4: Equivalent Fractions
- Counting equal parts of a circle
- Labeling fractional parts of a circle
- Identifying and writing equivalent fractions
A Quick Visual
The students will be introduce to fractions using pictures to show a fractions is small than 1.
Shaded and Unshaded
The students will be asked to identify fractions by the shaded or unshaded section of a picture
The students will be introduce to equivalent (equal) fractions
A Quick Visual
Shaded and Unshaded
To complete Unit 4, we will discuss how the United States is only one country on a big continent in an even bigger world. It is important to know about other countries and where they are located. Since countries share their ideas and cultures, it is also important to know which countries are our next-door neighbors and which are further away. We will look at and read a World Map to familiarize ourselves with the many different countries we share our Earth with. We will also review everything we have learned through the unit to prepare for the test on Friday.
A Special Project
The students have been working on a special project. We are still busy preparing, but here are some snapshots of our work in progress
More to Come
Once is it complete, we will be sure to share it will all of you!