This week we are wrapping up of Compare/Contrast Unit (quiz 2/16). We will be moving on to Fact & Opinion as well. We have learned how to compare two text of similar theme, annotate text, complete a Venn Diagram, and are currently turning Venn into a comparison paragraph. The test will require students to do all of the above.
We are continuing expository writing and moving into Research. **Regarding our one-page journals: We write two journals weekly, in class. If you see a "0" in the gradebook, your child did not turn in their journal. Ask them about it. They may turn it in late, and yes they may work on it at home. I would check that weekly to stay on top of it.
We are currently in or multiplication and division unit. If students are still struggling with multiplication facts they will find this unit a bit challenging. Continue to practice facts daily. We will move from learning properties and fact strategies to applying these to multi-digit multiplication, long division, and evaluating numerical expressions.
As an aside, we are also introducing topics from different strands (considering NWEA in early May, and we will not get to all topics if we go in strict order). Last week we worked on graphing and we will finish up Thursday with interpreting data. Friday we will begin "Probability" and move on to "Ratio" next Thursday. Minute Math continues every other Monday, (the Monday directly after Weekly Word Quizzes).
We are still, of course, studying the History of Chicago in Social Studies. We will be using our comparison/contrast skills from last week and this week to compare actual historical events. We have also begun our Cultural Project (see Projects" tab, or info letter that was sent home.