Thursday, January 28, 2021

January 28th

Science: Our class designed windbreaks, and then we tested them using a hair dryer. It was a lot of fun to see which structures worked the best to stop the erosion of sand! This was a cumulative activity to wrap up our learning about fast and slow land changes.

Writing: This week we continued our study of writing science notebooks. Our class redesigned our catapults, and then we compared our data to determine which catapult was the most successful. All of our findings were then recorded in our science notebooks using the format of: question, hypothesis, data, results and conclusion.

Math: We are approaching the end of chapter 4, and we are planning to take a test over two-digit subtraction with regrouping by the end of next week.

Reading: We have been learning about understanding comparisons and noticing when authors play with words.


Saturday, January 23, 2021

January 23rd

Writing: This week we wrote like a scientist! We have been working on writing lab reports. The students designed and built catapults and then they tested them out by launching cotton balls and ping pong balls. We wrote a question, hypothesis, recorded our data, and we wrote our conclusions.

Science: We continued talking about the Earth's surface and the changes that can occur. We learned more about wind erosion, and next week we will be building windbreaks using supplies like notecards, pipe cleaners, rubber bands, and yarn. Our goal is to create something that can try to stop the wind erosion of sand on a beach.

Math: We continued chapter 4 this week, and we learned about subtraction with regrouping. We started subtracting one digit numbers from 2 digit numbers and then we moved onto subtracting 2 digit numbers from two digit numbers. We should be taking the  chapter 4 test during the week of February 1st.

Reading:  We continued to focus on tips to improve our reading fluency. We also practiced understanding comparisons and clarifying key vocabulary words. 

Friday, January 15, 2021

January 15th

Reading:  Our focus for this week was applying strategies to help strengthen our reading fluency. We practiced noticing dialogue, using the meaning of the story, and scooping up words. We also worked on sequencing key events in a story.

Writing: We started our information writing unit this week. We wrote an “All About Me” piece. We made sure to include an introduction paragraph, sections to tell about three of our favorite things, and a conclusion paragraph. Next week we will be working on non-fiction science writing. This is usually a fun writing activity.

Math: We started chapter 4 this week, and we began learning about subtraction with regrouping. We learned about fact families, taking apart tens to subtract, and we practiced regrouping tens into ones.

Science: We continued talking about the Earth's surface and the changes that can occur. We participated in two more fun experiments that demonstrated how slow and fast changes can happen to the Earth. Ask your child about the soil erosion and the beach erosion experiments we did.


Friday, January 8, 2021

January 8th

Reading: Our class enjoyed several great read alouds including The Wind Blew and Barthello's Wing. We are learning about how to make our reading more fluent. Next week we will continue to talk about strategies we can use to help us read both smoothly and with expression. 

Math: Next week we will start chapter 4, and it will cover subtraction with regrouping of two digit numbers. Over the past two days, we reviewed some previously learned material like place value.

Writing: We enjoyed a book called Squirrel's New Year Resolution. Then we each came up with our own one word resolutions. Everyone thought of three action steps to help work toward achieving their one word goal, and now these adorable projects are displayed in the hallway.

Science: We continued talking about the Earth's surface and the changes that can occur. We participated in two fun experiments that showed slow and fast changes that can happen to the Earth. Ask your child about our sedimentators (tubes with water and "land") and the cave experiment we did (with sugar cubes).