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In Math we started the year exploring how numbers can be expressed, ordered, and compared. Students can now write multi-digit numbers, use place value to compare, order, and round numbers as well as describe number patterns. We then learned how place value can help add larger numbers. Addition properties such as (the commutative, associative, and identity) helps to add numbers more easily. We also explored how to round numbers to estimate sums to check to see if our answer was reasonable. We are now solving multi digit addition and subtraction problems (and how to check your answer) with regrouping! Estimation and mental math strategies and are important to learn because they can be used to check your work! Students do quick math or fast facts everyday to improve math fluency. We have also been learning how to solve word problems using different strategies to decide which operation to use. Looking for key words and making sense of problems by drawing them out really help students to make a plan of how to solve.
Students are also now applying their knowledge of multiplication and division to properties and equations. We stress that using models to represent these operations will help students solve problems that require abstract reasoning. But why are we teaching multiplication and division together? Because right from the start we can save time and tears. Who would turn down such a bargain? It’s like buying one and getting one free. Or getting two for the price (in this case, the effort) of one. Learning multiplication facts and immediately applying that knowledge to related division facts is one step on the path to success in getting the facts memorized. The sad fact that so many students do not have basic facts at their command speaks to the problems that exist. The way basic facts are traditionally taught obviously is not effective for a large number of students. Teaching multiplication and division together right from the start helps to avoid those erroneous paths of thinking. Some students inherently grasp this similarity in basic multiplication and division facts, and for them memorization is a breeze. The fact that many children do not possess this inherent ability has nothing to do with intelligence or lack thereof. It has to do with learning styles. Everybody can learn and learn well. That’s part of what makes teaching so exciting!
Student are also using computer programs for challenge work and remediation and are encouraged to do these at home as well to further their understanding. Programs we use are IXL and Dreambox.
English Language Arts
In reading, we have been working in small groups based on our reading and word work individual needs. We have participated in novel studies and have explored main idea, supporting details, internal and external characteristics, and author's purpose for writing. We have just started exploring the different text structures authors use to write. We are becoming experts with finding evidence in text and working so hard to improve our reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension! We are learning to LOVE reading!
In writing, we have focused on opinion writing! We learned how to state our opinion and how to provide reasons and examples to support our opinions. We used the OREO graphic organizer to help organize our thoughts with multiple topics. We have enjoyed learning how to be persuasive as we try to persuade our readers to agree with our opinions!
My students learned how to use maps and globes to categorize places and regions by their human and physical conditions. They also utilize an alphanumeric grid to locate the continents and oceans and locate the world’s four hemispheres by using the major components of latitude and longitude, the Equator, the Prime Meridian. We talked about political features including cities, states, and countries as well as physical features includincluding forests, mountains, oceans, and rivers.
Our first Unit in Science relates to physical science, so we started by introducing the 3 main branches of science. Physical science is the study of matter and energy. Life science is the study of life and all living things and Earth and Space science is the study of Earth and what it's made of. Space science is the study of other planets and our star, the Sun.
As any good scientist who explores observations and answer questions we learned how to follow the 6 rigorous steps of the Scientific Method. We tested water resistance and made a hypothesis!
Matter is everywhere around us and is anything that has mass and takes space. It comes in 3 forms: solid, liquid and gas. Through the way of different observations and many experiments in class, we evidenced just that!