English Language Arts: Students have begun the next module, “Researching to Build Knowledge and Teaching Others: Connecting Literary and Informational Texts to Study Culture ‘Then and Now.’” Your child will continue to participate in literature circles to build expertise. In this module, they will use reading, writing, listening and speaking to build knowledge about a topic. Students will seek evidence of culture which can be thought of as the story of a group of people constructed through the generations; it can be evidenced through ancient and modern day customs and traditions. We will begin with a class study of the culture of Japan: Students will read Magic Tree House: Dragon of the Red Dawn, a book set in ancient Japan, paired with Exploring Countries: Japan, an informational text about modern Japan.
We will also continue to focus on study and test taking skills this month. Please encourage your child to read for at least twenty minutes each night and fill out their reading log. The reading log must be completed Monday through Thursday nights each week (including Wednesday).
Math: We will be continuing our unit on multiplication and division patterns. Students will be expected to not only be able to use multiple strategies to solve problems, but to also begin to memorize their facts. Please practice these facts nightly.
Science: We are currently in our unit of electricity. We will be discussing the different components needed for an electrical circuit to work, and students will be making and testing their own simple circuits.
Social Studies: We are finishing up our study of the United States Government. During this unit, students learned about how the U.S. is impacted by its geography. They also learned about what makes our government democratic, as well as cultural symbols that represent our nation.