Here’s an overview of what’s been going on in class in grades 4 & 5:

4th Grade

Reading Rocks!  We are currently in our non- fiction reading unit, it is very important to continue reading your “just right” fiction books at home for homework.  Work with your child at home to remember all of the work we did in fiction to develop ideas about characters, naming character traits and providing evidence of traits from the story.  It is also important to review how a character changes from the beginning of the story to the end. Help your child practice comprehension strategies like the “stop and jot” where they put their ideas about the text on a post it while reading. See the Fiction Self- Assessment rubric to help push your child to write a level 3 or level 4 jot.

What Are We Reading?  This month, we will be reading nonfiction books.  In class your will child’s book baggies will be filled with informational texts, but they will still be reading fiction at home.

The students are learning to understand nonfiction books.  They are also learning that we read them to research and learn new information.  

Writing: This month we are starting to work on our opinion essays.  Students will be revisiting the boxes and bullet essay structure, naming their opinion and providing reasons and examples to back it up.  Last year in the 3rd grade, students wrote mini essays. This year, they will be continuing to add more to their essays, working on essay structure, transition words, and providing reasons and examples that back up their opinion.

Math: This month we will start working on multiplication and move in to division.  Students are learning strategies for solving basic multiplication facts quickly and strategies for making larger multiplication facts easier. They will be expected to use what they know about multiplication to solve division equations.

This year students will be expected to multiply 2 x 4 digits. Please make sure if your child is struggling with multiplication, that we work on ways to help them.    

Social Studies: This month we are continuing to exploring the history and importance of Native Americans.  Please encourage your children to read and talk about Native Americans in our culture. The two Native groups that we are focusing on are the Iroquois and Algonquian.

5th Grade

Reading: We are in our second reading unit: Tackling Complexity: Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction.  In this unit, students are investigating the ways nonfiction text can become more complex.  They are also learning strategies to tackle these complexities. Specifically, students are working hard to identify multiple main ideas and text structures in their texts.  Please make sure your child is reading at least 45 minutes each night!

Writing: We began our Journalism unit by focusing on including the important information (who, what, when, where, why) in the lead of our news articles.  We also practiced interviewing and including quotes into our articles. We are now moving into Feature Articles. Our students will learn how to combine facts and opinions, add text features, and write about hot topics that are important to them.

Math: We are currently in our Volume Unit, learning about dimensions of rectangular prisms as well as determining the amount of space an object or substance occupies.  We will move into our next unit, Adding and Subtracting Fractions. During this unit, students will learn how to add and subtract fractions, mixed numbers, and whole numbers.  We will draw models to help build a deeper understanding of the concepts being taught.

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