## Dates to Remember

• Monday, April 1st: Math Week: What's your favorite number? Wear your favorite number.
• Tuesday, April 2nd: Murphy Book Exchange; Math Week: What's your favorite shape? Wear shapes
• Wednesday, April 3rd: Chevalier Book Exchange; Math Week: What's your favorite math fact? Wear your favorite math fact.
• Thursday, April 4th: Broomall Book Exchange; Math Week: I love to measure. Wear something that represents measurement; Math Homework Due
• Friday, April 5th: No School: Teacher Work Day; WHES School Play 7pm at Frederick High School

## Homework

Ms. Pritts's homeroom class has a different reading assignment. Please email Mrs. Chevalier with any questions.

## Language Arts

This week, students will continue to read for meaning. Students will practice understanding an argument/topic through the lens of a writer. Students will describe logical connections and explain how reasons support the author’s claims and how evidence supports specific points in the text. Sample questions:

What key point does the author make from these sections?

How does the author connect the ideas in certain sentences (or paragraphs)?

Students will also analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics.

• Compare literary elements and themes with two or more texts in one genre or more than one genre, depending on the grade level;

• Compare central ideas, topics, or points of view with texts that have points of comparison and invite questions beyond superficial observations;

• Analyze how ideas are transformed from one text to another; and

• Synthesize ideas from texts depending on grade level.

Sample Questions:

What key conclusion ( or generalizations) about the topic/text can be made from comparing/contrasting ____ with (to) _____?

How is the same topic presented differently in Text A and Text B?

**Students will synthesize two texts and write an essay comparing their key points, main idea and how the information is presented.**

**Helpful hint - you can use these same questions to compare your days, favorite TV shows or commercials**

Writing:

The purpose of our writing unit during Quarter 3 is to Write to Persuade. During this unit, the students will develop opinions about topics, brainstorm support for their opinions, and organize their ideas into an essay. Persuasive writing pieces can be in the form of an essay, letter or petition. This is always a fun unit!

Students will continue to strengthen their argument (opinion or claim), as they prepare for our post On Demand writing assessment. Students will use everything they have learned about opinion writing, to write “flash draft” opinion essays. Their essay should include:

-introduction (hooking the reader and stating the opinion)

-3 strong reasons supported with examples, personal experiences, counter arguments, facts, etc.

-transitional words

-closure

Looking ahead in writing: With students’ new reading and writing skills, they will practice writing in response to what is read. Students will draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

## Math

This week, students will take the quarterly assessment. We reviewed the behaviors that mathematicians use when completing the assessment. These include making sense of problems, being precise, using your workmat when solving problems, and answering all parts of the problem.

Later in the week, we will begin Unit 9, Measurment and Geometry. This unit includes classifying shapes, solving problems with time, creating and solving problems involving bar and picture graphs, and area and perimeter. We begin this unit by classifying shapes, specifically quadrilaterals. See below picture for examples of quadrilaterals and their characteristics.

Click here for an overview of the unit and ideas to try at home!

## Social Studies/Science

This week, students will continue our new social studies unit called Road Trip. The driving question for this unit is: How can geography help us learn about the United States?.

This week, students will use what they have learned about physical maps to create a physical map of their state. Later in the week, they will learn about the human made features of the United States.

## Quarterly Expectations

Please see the files below that contain the third quarter expectations for language arts and math.

## Important News

PTA

Reminders:

PTA Discount Cards

We are still selling the PTA Discount Cards! Each card is \$15 and can be used over and over again! This is a huge fundraiser for the year so please consider purchasing one if you'd like to. You can now purchase these right from the Whittier PTA Website! Click here: http://whittierelementarypta.com/Article/View/Discount-Cards-Available

Upcoming PTA Meetings:

SAVE THE DATE! CAMP INVENTION IS COMING TO WHITTIER! JULY 8-12 FROM 9:00-3:30!

SAVE THE DATE! Camp Invention is coming to Whittier! July 8-12 from 9:00-3:30! We will be the first hybrid camp in our area and have 60 spots for paid campers. To sign up, go to: https://www.invent.org/programs/camp-invention and register for our Whittier camp. Questions? Email Tina Dattoli at tina.dattoli@fcps.org.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Amy Broomall

amy.broomall@fcps.org

240-236-3160

Jaime Chevalier

240-236-3158

Robin Murphy

240-236-3156

Megan Pritts

megan.pritts@fcps.org

240-236-3154