Sunday, March 4, 2018

March Curriculum Updates

Math~ We are moving on from fractions into decimals. Students have made the connection to place value, from the beginning of the year, to decimal notation. We will compare decimals as well as order them. We are also starting geometry this month. Students will learn how to use a protractor to measure angles and identify geometry vocabulary all around us. We will identify parallel, perpendicular, and intersecting lines, as well as line of symmetry,

Reading~ Students are reading historical fiction through a reader's theater format. We are learning sequencing through Acts and Scenes as well as scene directions, characters, setting, and other theater directions. Students are also reading self-selected novels to just enjoy reading every day!

Writing~ Students will be working on short constructed responses as well as writing opinion pieces where they will cite text to support their side. 

Social Studies~We just finished our unit on creating our New Nation through the Great Compromise, Three-fifths clause, amendments, Bill of Rights, checks & balances, and the branches of government. Next we are moving on to Westward Expansion (The Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark Expedition, The Alamo, Oregon Trail, and Gold Rush) as well as learn about the technology of the 1800s (steamboat, steam locomotive, and telegraph)

Science~ We are working on the scientific process through STEM education. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January Curriculum Updates

MATH: Last week we started our fraction unit! We are learning why two or more fractions are equivalent and how to create equivalent fractions. We are also covering standards that compare fractions with like and unlike denominators, adding and subtracting fractions, and decomposing fractions.     

WRITING:  Before winter break students wrote an informational book about animal defenses. We will continue this informational writing throughout the nine weeks and then students will research a topic from the Revolutionary War and will create a book to teach younger students. 

READING:  We will continue to work on reading fiction and nonfiction texts with purpose and understanding.  We will make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying similarities and differences.  Students will be able to explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.  Students will also integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  Students will learn about the major events of the American Revolution and explain the factors leading to the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Saratoga, and Yorktown. We will also learn about the writing of the Declaration of Independence; including who wrote it, how it was written, why it was necessary, and how it was a response to tyranny and the abuse of power.  We will describe key individuals in the American Revolution with emphasis on King George III, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Benedict Arnold, Patrick Henry, and John Adams.  

Monday, December 4, 2017

December Curriculum Updates

MATH:  We will be reviewing Multiplication and Division Strategies to solve larger digit problems. Please encourage your child to practice their facts to improve their fluency! We will also be working on Factors, Multiples, Prime, and Composite Numbers .  Students will also be looking at number patterns in input and output tables.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  We are learning the events leading to the American Revolution! Students will trace the events that shaped the revolutionary movement in America, including the French and Indian War, British Imperial Policy that led to the 1765 Stamp Act, the slogan “no taxation without representation,” the activities of the Sons of Liberty, and the Boston Tea Party.  

ELA:  Students will continue to correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., totootwotheretheir).  We will also work on using common, grade-appropriate Greek and Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word (e.g., telegraphphotographautograph). 

READING: We are reading informational text on animal defenses. Students will choose an animal to research and write about. 

WRITING:  We will continue to work on our writing stamina with opinion topics.  We will also continue working on summarizing information and using text evidence to support our opinion.  

Warmth for Winter

Warmth for Winter

December 4-15th

·    We will be collecting NEW hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, socks,

bed sheets & blankets.

·    Please bring the new items to Keheley’s front atrium.

·    These warm items will be donated to local families.Thank you for helping our community!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thanksgiving Food Drive
November 6-14

We will be collecting nonperishable food items to benefit local families. Please support this very special project. All items should be dropped off on the cafĂ©’ stage. Some of the items needed for the families are as follows:

*Grocery Store Gift Certificates (drop off in the front office)
Cereal                                            Canned Vegetables
Cranberry Sauce                          Canned Yams                              
Boxed Stuffing                             Boxed Mashed Potatoes
Canned soup                                Canned fruit          
Canned beans                              Rice         Pasta     Gravy

Thank you for your support! J

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November Curriculum Updates

Math~ We are continuing to work on multiplication of large digit numbers (5,842 x 9 , 87 x 39) by using area models, partial product,  distributive model, and the chart method. These are all very different than the standard algorithm everyone used to learn but it helps students to understand the 'why' behind numbers. We will be following the same strategies as we begin our division unit of large digit numbers next week. Please encourage your child to practice their division facts on the blog... it is a fun way to increase their fact fluency!

ELA~We will continue reading novels on your child's reading level. We will also read informational texts. In writing, we are currently working on writing to persuade or to convince. We will be reviewing figurative language such as similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, etc. and then implement those into our persuasive writing piece.  They will be bringing home a piece to share with you for Thanksgiving:)

Science~ We will have 2 STEM days in November... one focusing on light and the other one on sound.  We will be exploring with mirrors, concave lens, convex lens, and prisms. We will also explore how vibrations create sound and how the volume and pitch can change.

Social Studies~ We are currently working on our Colonization unit! We are learning all about how the first settlers survived the hardships of the New World and how they made it their own. Then we will focus on how life differed between the Southern, Middle, and New England colonies. Towards the end of the month we will start learning about the events that led up to the Revolutionary War.