This week Mrs. Fleet will be co-teaching in our classroom as we analyze and interpret weather with multiple data points. Students will create a Google Form and input weather data from a specific city. They will then analyze this data by pointing out trends that they notice and making connections between the different types of data collected.
The last few weeks we have been continuing our work on opinion writing. Students have been focusing on an issue or topic they care a lot about and are beginning to conduct research. Today the students discussed different note-taking strategies. Later this week students will be using their writing checklists to set writing goals.
In math, we are beginning to compare and order fractions. Many strategies are being used on how to order fractions. Some kids are using what they know about percents while others are using fraction equivalents. We will continue to find equivalent fractions as we get into adding and subtracting fractions.
In science, we have been continuing our study of the human body systems by thinking about how the circulatory and respiratory systems work together. Last week, we had a great time at the Museum of Nature and Science. The kids represented Gold Rush well and had a great time! The lung dissection was fascinating and deeper learning and understanding were taken away from the experience.
In reading, we are beginning to use the reading strategy of sensory images. We have read different books and passages and shared the ways in which imagery can enhance our understanding of the text. Students will continue to practice this reading strategy in the coming week.
HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATH HOMEWORK
Math homework can often be a frustrating experience for children and parents. Parents were often taught traditional algorithms and do not know the strategies students are learning today. While these strategies promote a deeper conceptual understanding of key math concepts, it is difficult for parents to see the benefits when they are unaware of them themselves.
We have a great resource that will help! The Math Words and Ideas site from the Investigations Math Series has links to math videos that explain how all concepts are taught at each grade level.
Watching these short videos are a great way to review how and why concepts were taught a certain way. You may even consider watching with your child. The presentation below provides a few additional tips to promote a love of math at home.
Click here to access this site.
Simply click on your child's grade level at the left-hand side of the screen. When you click on a math concept additional subtopics appear. Each subtopic includes a short video explaining strategies taught at school. In the example below, third grade was selected on left and arrays was chosen under the concept of multiplication.
Click here for the presentation.