# What's up in Room 505?!

## Don't Forget...

November 20th - December 9th:

November 23rd - January 12th:

December 2nd - January 15th:

• Fuzzy Puppy Foundation Collection

December 6th:

• Hanukkah Begins

December 9th:

December 11th:

• S.A.C. Spirit Day - Hawaiian Day

December 14th:

• Hanukkah Ends

## In School This Week... 12/7-12/11

Math:
The students are working hard in Everyday Math Unit 4!

Unit 4 has three main areas of focus:

1. To model and solve multiplication number stories & practice multiplication facts
2. To model and solve division number stories and practice division facts
3. To explore the links between multiplication and division.

Unit 4 focuses on the most common uses of multiplication and division- those involving multiples of equal groups, equal sharing, and equal grouping. In second grade, children worked with multiplication and division number stories and were introduced to the basic multiplication and division facts. This work is continued in third grade with the expectation that children will use arrays, mental arithmetic, paper-and-pencil algorithms and calculators to solve problems using the multiplication of 2- and 3-digit whole numbers by 1-digit whole numbers and describe the strategies used by the end of the school year. They are also expected to demonstrate understanding with multiplication facts through 10 x 10.

Try this at home:

Timed Multiplication Facts
Math Playground-Flashcards
• Space Racer Multiplication Game
• Classroom Capers
• Jungle Jim
• Multiplication Home
• Multiplication-Many Games
• Multiplication Jeopardy
• Demolition Division
• Croc Doc Division

• Writing:

The students have just began their Opinion Writing. During this unit, the students read and write essays defending particular opinions as they explore elements of opinion writing. They learn to identify an audience for their essay, state and support their opinions with reasons, and use linking words to connect ideas. They explore writing clear, direct openings and conclusions. The students will also confer in pairs and revise their essays based on partner feedback. Socially, they learn to express their own opinions while respecting and considering the opinions of others.

This week we are focusing on identifying the elements of opinion writing.

We are continuing to read and find answers to our Theme Question: How does science help us have fun? Each week of the unit covers a different Focus Question that will help your child answer the overarching Theme Question.

Our Focus Question this week- How does science help us understand the natural world?

We are in our third week in Unit 2 with Science All Around, a nonfiction selection about where to find science in our everyday lives. As a class, we will be reading a realistic fiction text called, Owl Moon. While we are reading, the student will be making predictions. We will also be analyzing the text structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of text relate to each other and the whole.

Throughout this week the children will have a chance to practice using similes, and contractions with am, is, & are.

Spelling:
Every week we are working on a new grammar and spelling skill that correlates with our reading curriculum.

This week we are on Unit 15. The students will read, identify spelling patterns and write words with consonant diagraphs and blends.

A consonant cluster is when you can hear both of the consonant sounds.

A digraph is when you have two or more letters that work together to make one sound.

*If your child forgot their spelling book, you can always practice their words...
Unit 15

Science:
We will be starting our Motion Unit this week! The Motion Unit introduces physics through activities that engage children's bodies and minds.

During the Motion Unit, the children will:
- Figure out different ways to make a toy car start moving and a ball change direction.
- Compare the effects of big forces and small forces (pushes and pulls) on the motion of toy cars.
- Experiment with collisions between marbles on ramps.
-Experience the force of friction as they slide coins, shoes, and themselves.
- Drop marbles and other objects to explore the effect of gravity, another important force.

Through these and other activities, they discover that all changes in motion are caused by pushes or pulls, also causes forces.