Ms. Patinka's Classroom Newsletter
Outer Banks Update
In Writing students are finishing up the rough drafts of their informative essay. They chose an animal to research and synthesized their information into a five paragraph essay. This week we will be working on completing final copies which students will by typing using Pages.
In Reading students are exploring non-fiction texts. They have been practicing many non-fiction reading strategies such as stop and jot, stop and sketch, boxes and bullets, and finding the meaning of unknown words. We will continue to work with non-fiction texts and introduce a few more strategies to help students comprehend all of the information given in these texts.
We are just beginning our geometry unit in math. Students will be engaged in learning many geometry terms. They will be exploring lines, angles, and 2-d shapes. By the end of the unit students will be able to classify these lines and shapes based on their sides, angle measure, and other various attributes.
Students just completed their study of matter in science. They were excited to visit the science lab and complete two experiments dealing with matter. After the holiday break we will resume science with our rocks and minerals unit.
In social studies, students have been learning about the early inhabitants of North Carolina. This week we will be finishing up or exploration of Native Americans and moving into early exploration and the settlement of the European explorers. This will lead us into an overview of the North Carolina government.