March 4th Grade Update

Mrs. Mahoney's Class

Math

After a successful study of angles, we are moving on to area and perimeter. Students will work on finding one dimension of a rectangle when given its perimeter or area and another dimension. This work will prepare them to be able to find the perimeter and area of composite figures made of rectangles and squares. After this work we will move on to learning decimals!


Of course, we will continue our daily mental math and word problems. And, as always, multiplication facts will be practiced.

Reading Workshop

This month we will begin our unit on fantasy. This is always a favorite! Using our read aloud, we will discuss common characteristics of fantasy novels and how setting is an important part of this genre. We will also look closely at the choices characters make, their motivation and the challenges they face along the way.

Fantasy lends itself to further exploration of setting and using context clues. Students will create timelines to organize and keep track of important information and note the different elements of fantasy found in different texts.

Writer's Workshop

Early March will find us finishing or realistic fiction pieces. Students have worked on creating realistic problems that their characters must solve. They worked on developing believable characters and dialogue. With their writing partners, they have edited their pieces and are ready to write their final draft. Using their pieces, students will also assess their own writing using a realistic fiction checklist.

After Spring Break, students will begin a unit on research writing. Using their State Fair state, students will research specific aspects of their state and compile their information into clear and concise paragraphs.

It is going to be a fun and challenging month!

Social Studies

This month we'll move westward and begin to explore the Southeast Region. We will continue using maps to understand the geographical location of the places we discuss and the natural resources of the area. We will also learn about the states and climate of the Southwest and make comparisons of people and groups who lived there in the past with people who live there now.
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Upcoming Dates

March 17-21: Spring Break!