Mrs. Brutcher's March Newsletter
BIG IDEA: ADAPTATION
Enduring Understanding: Actions Have Consequences
Essential Questions: What causes war and what are the consequences?
How is our planet evolving over time?
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 friends' writing samples as well as our own.
In Social Studies students have been exploring the following:
Math & Science
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: When would it be best to estimate the mass of an object and when would it be best to get an exact measurement? What is the difference between 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? Ask your child what they think?
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
We had so much fun preparing for the BTR pep rally! We made signs encouraging people to sign up to help raise money for RCS! We showed spirit by creating our own noise makers, painting our faces, and cheering on our third grade friends and teachers in the dance off and the relay race!
Hunley Field Trip
We enjoyed our trip to Charleston to see the REAL Hunley! The H. L. Hunley was a submarine of the Confederate States of America that played a small part in the American Civil War. The Hunley demonstrated the advantages and the dangers of undersea warfare.
Celebrating 100th Day of School with Kindergarten
We enjoyed celebrating the 100th day of school with our Kindergarten friends by visiting their 100th day museum! We got to see all of the creative ways the students represented their 100 days of learning!