- Weekly Update -
Our next curriculum share is Friday, February 14th at 7:55am
Updated February 6th, 2020
Math: We began the week working with grid paper to visualize the square units that represent the area. Students practiced counting and identifying the lengths of the sides or rectangles and calculating the area. They also practiced working backwards to calculate the lengths of the sides when the area was given to them. We are finishing the week by working with rectangle models that do not display the square units. Conceptually this requires students remember that units represent the area even though the squares are no longer visible.
Writing: Students began publishing their informational books. Ms. Murphy (technology specialist) and I introduced two possible digital books tools for students to use. Students are working on organizing, typing and inserting non-fiction text features. We are excited to share our books with you next week
Reading: This week we began our study of non-fiction texts. We've reviewed non-fiction text features and how non-fiction texts are organized. Students are practicing using background knowledge as they start to read and asking themselves "What is this part mostly about?". This helps students recognize what they are reading about and what information they can expect to find even when there are not headers or subtitles in the text.
Spelling, grammar and handwriting:
Students continued to practice their cursive lower-case letters and this week learned letter 't'. We also returned to our spelling sorts. For the next few weeks we'll look at 'r controlled vowel patterns'.
Science: Students completed their observations of their mystery mammals feet and tracks. Students used the tracks to determine how their animal moved. Check out the track patterns students created in the third grade hall way. The final step is for students to put all the evidence together and compare their evidence to a field guide. Students will decide what they think their mammal is and present their findings to you next week!