It's hard to believe we're in the last week of March! We've been doing so many great things at school and still have so much to look forward to! Please be advised that there is no school on Friday, 3/30. Here are some highlights about what we've been up to:
This week, the students will be finishing up their persuasive speeches. We have learned how to: use effective emotion-evoking language, address the audience, collect evidence, provide details, paragraph, and organize our writing. Next week, we will bring all of these skills together as we begin writing petitions and persuasive letters. At home, encourage your child to watch or read noteworthy speeches and discuss what makes those speeches so powerful. Our class has particularly enjoyed watching the Kid President speeches on YouTube :).
We have been working on our second unit of multiplication and division. Your child should now be able to write and solve multiplication and division equations based off of various word problems, solve multi-step multiplication and division problems, and show fluency with multiplication facts up to 9's. A great way to practice multiplication fact fluency at home is by playing some of our curriculum's multiplication games. I have linked all games we've played this year onto our Important Information page. We just learned a new game, Multiplication Compare, last week and I'm sure your child would love to show you how to play!
Can you believe that MCAS is right around the corner?! We have been learning a lot of strategies to help us "beat the test makers"! Super Mario and his friends Toad, Piranha Plant, and Pipe have helped us to Power Up (rev up your mind, use helpful hints, notice text features, and read all directions), Watch Out For Tricks (eliminate answers, go back in the text and use evidence, watch out for rushing, and notice when you're distracted), and to Make a Plan (go back in the text, reread everything, use the white space, and plan out your response). We will meet the final character and learn one last helpful strategy tomorrow.
We have also been starting to explore nonfiction texts a little more. We have been considering perspective, main idea, and key details. This week's reading homework will provide students with more of a chance to practice their main idea skills!
Tomorrow, we will finish up our unit on Perspective and the Pilgrims. The students worked in small groups to research what life was like in the 1620's and taught the class some lessons that showcased the information they gathered in their research. Check out some pictures in the slideshow below! This week, we will continue learning about American history as we move on to Colonial times!
I hope everyone has a wonderful week!