ELA: Our focus in ELA this month will be on persuasive writing. The students will learn about opinion and argumentative types of writing. We will also learn about letter writing. The form and parts of a friendly letter will be taught.
MATH: In Module 5, students build upon their mastery of renaming place value units and extend their work with conceptual understanding of the addition and subtraction algorithms to numbers within 1,000, always with the option of modeling with materials or drawings. Throughout the module, students continue to focus on strengthening and deepening conceptual understanding and fluency.
FUNDATIONS: In Unit 7 we introduce the open syllable. This syllable has only one vowel which is the last letter in the syllable. The vowel sound is long; this syllable can be combined with other syllables to make multisyllabic words. Students will also learn that y often works as a vowel in open syllables, saying /i/ at the end of one-syllable words (cry), and (/e/) at the end of multisyllabic words (baby). Our focus is on learning word patterns, not memorizing specific words. Trick Words: Your child should be able to read and spell trick words from memory. Trick words do not follow usual spelling patterns; they are “tricky” and need to be memorized.
SOCIAL STUDIES: We will be learning about change and interdependence in communities. The students will work independently, with partners and in small groups as they complete class charts, worksheets, read a-louds and a variety of hands on activities. The students will understand that communities have changed and will continue to change over time.
SCIENCE: The students will be learning about animals in winter. We will discover which animals hibernate, migrate or adapt in winter. They will compare and contrast the different animals, what they do, how they prepare for winter, if they do migrate, where do they go, how do they adapt, and what they eat during this cold season when food is often scarce.