English Language Arts
In ELA, we have soared with our guided reading groups. We are becoming experts with finding evidence in text and analyzing and comparing characters and stories. We have focused on elements of folktales and explored types of folktales including fairytales, myths, legends, tall tales and fables. We have also used these stories to practice retelling stories and determine author's purpose, author's perspective, and point of view. We can identify if a story is written in first person, second person, third person limited, or third person omniscient AND we can write in different points of view!
We continue to build our stamina to read independently and are working to use our strategies to decode unknown words and their meanings. We have reviewed prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, antonyms, compound words, contractions, and homophones. We have also been strengthening our writing conventions and editing skills while we peer edit our friend's writing samples as well as our own.
We also enjoyed the fabulous Seussical play at BHS!
In Math we’ve focused on Fractions and Measurement. Students learned to use fractions to represent numbers equal to, less than, and greater than one. They have been solving problems that involve comparing fractions by using visual fraction models and strategies based on noticing equal numerators or denominators. We have recently moved into Measurement and have been discussing the following essential questions: Why do we measure? When would it be best to estimate the mass of an object and when would it be best to get an exact measure? What is the difference about the items you measure in grams and those you measure in kilograms? Does a large object always have a greater mass than a small object? How you might decide whether to measure capacity in milliliters or liters? Why is telling time important? Ask your child what they think?
In Social Studies students have been exploring the following:
World War I and II and how it affected the people of South Carolina, and changes in agriculture, industry, and home life following the war.
Racial Discrimination in South Carolina and the U.S., and the fight for civil rights, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
South Carolina's state and local branches of government and civic responsibility.
Our Essential question in Social Studies was "What causes war and what are the consequences?"
We also had a wonderful field trip to the H.L. Hunley Museum in Charleston
In Science, we have started to learn about life! We looked at and explored different organism's life cycles. This lead us to our Cabbage Project. We have integrated math (measurement) into our study of cabbages. Students measure their cabbages in inches each week using a ruler. We look at the growth in both length and diameter. Students record this growth by creating bar graphs, drawings pictures, and writing notes about what they notice and have learned about their growing cabbages.
BTR Pep Rally was a blast!