In reading, we continue to work hard in Daily 5. March is National Reading Month and this year our theme is Caught You Reading. Each week throughout the month each student will have reading goals. If those reading goals are met each week the students will be able to participate in our fun reading month activities. So read, read, read! In the month of March, the students will also be completing a book report on a book of their own choosing and then present their book to the class. Book reports will be due on March 31th.
In math, we will be solving problems utilizing fractions. Students will be adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions with like and unlike denominators. They will be looking for LCM (lowest common multiple), LCF (lowest common factor), reducing fractions, manipulating mixed numbers, improper fractions, ordering fractions from smallest to greatest, and converting fractions, to percents, to decimals.
In writing, we will be learning about adverbs and how to hyphenate multi-syllabic words in writing. Students will also be working on writing a comparison paper. Students will book 2 of their favorite books and compare the setting, characters, and problem/solution. Students will then write a 3 paragraph paper comparing these texts.
In science, we will be learning about the stars and the solar system. We will be talking about characteristics of each planet and the life cycle of a star. Then students will be moving into our physical science unit and will start discussing physical and chemical properties and completing some science experiments to gain experience in using the Scientific Method.
In social studies, we will continue our progressions through history or the Civil War and the effects of this war. Students will be learning about the weaknesses of the North and South, and the Underground Railroad.
On March 20rd we will be ending our 3 quarter. We will be conducting conferences the week of March 23rd. Please look for information coming home soon!