ELA- we finished our "small moment" personal narratives last week. We celebrated our writing by recording each student reading their piece and assigning their reading a QR. Students were then able to listen to their own and their friends. I am going to attempt to attach the QR codes to the Student Blogs section but we did send home a paper copy. We are currently reading tall tales and will be writing our own tall tale over the next few weeks. The focus for our personal narratives was using descriptive language and transition words. For the tall tales we will add using dialogue to tell the story.
Math- we finished adding and subtracting numbers into the millions along with estimating to see if answers are reasonable. We also learned a trick when subtracting numbers with zeros in middle called "boxing". This is still regrouping (or borrowing as it used to be called) but just organized a little differently. We will be doing a chapter on metric measurement next which will review place value and start to re-introduce multiplication and division.
Science- we are squeezing in some plant activities as we have time. Last week we pretended to be bees to see how pollination works and also tried to identify fruits vs vegetables.
Social Studies- this week we will head to the library to research some of the early NYS explorers. Students will be writing a short newspaper article about one of the following explorers- Hudson, Cabot, Champlain, and Verrazzano. We will then begin to learn about early settlements, especially the Dutch, which ties in with our field trip on Nov. 15th to the Bronck House.
Other Notes: Caring Kids food drive, Trunk or Treat on 10/28, PTA apparel sale