We are jumping back into the swing of things this week and I'm excited to get started! In reading this week we are starting Unit 4: Digging Up a Story. Our theme question this unit is: What is the story of Earth? This week we will be focusing on making connections, distinguishing fact from opinion, and the skill of using our dictionary. As part of our reading rotations we are also starting a novel study. Each group will have a different novel to read and we will incorporate a small book report project at the end.
In writing we will be working on a persuasive piece this week. The kids will be advertising a product. It can be a current product, or they can invent something new, but they will need to persuade and convince us to purchase it! After we write our persuasive paragraph the kids will get a chance to draw their product and make a poster for it.
In math this week we will start the week with problem solving and making sure we can choose the correct equation. We will then move into working on the commutative, associative, and distributive properties of multiplication.
In social studies we are looking at what makes a community diverse and in science we are continuing with PLTW and investigating the forces of thrust, lift, drag, and weight.
I also wanted to take a moment and thank you all again for your generosity at Christmas! I love my wonderful class gift of the TJ Maxx gift cards and Ciao Mambo gift card, as well as all the other wonderful gifts you all gave me, wow I am one lucky teacher! You are all so generous and made me feel very special!
Homework: reading log, multiplication quiz, January poem
Code Word: Happy New Year!!