In literacy we've started to focus on a new character trait: curiosity. Students practiced using this strategy with a story called "A Weed is a Flower" which tells about the amazing obstacles that George Washington Carver overcame. He was also a curious person making many discoveries and learned and taught others a great deal about planting, crop rotations, uses of foods, etc. We also read several other books that connected to the character trait of curiosity like "The Listening Walk" and "The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon.
Additionally students were introduced to Fairy Tales and made text to text connections between a story titled: "Previously" and the true fairy tale they already knew. In the story "Previously", fairy tale characters are connected through a series of events that happened previously to their well known story. Fairy Tales were a new type of genre so we went into detail to know what to look out for to determine if a story fit into this category.
Students completed our unit on geometry and began to focus again on computation. Students have focused on different strategies to add and subtract with greater fluency including "nifty nines" and "add or subtract 10". We have also started finding the missing number in a problem. Some examples of the types of problems we are solving look like this: _+3=17 or 12-_=4 or _-5=8. Students are also applying these skills to solving word problems that have missing numbers that need to be solved. Additionally, students have also been connecting addition and subtraction by developing fact families. Some examples would look like this:
Having an understanding of how addition and subtraction are related helps students with fact fluency and accuracy and when solving problems with missing numbers because they can simply move numbers around to make the problem make more sense for them to solve.
Students have enjoyed working on our new writing unit of realistic fiction. We made and learned how to utilize the chart below:
We have been wrapping up our unit on sound. This week students engineered a "Spoon Gong" by connecting a spoon to string and a paper cup. After they made the gong, students practiced making the sound louder, softer, and also how to make the sound stop. We also learned that sound can travel up the string because the vibrating spoon made the string vibrate which allowed the sound to travel up the string to the cup.
Students also spent some time in the greenhouse making observations on how our plants were growing.
This week we met with our 5th grade buddies for S.T.E.M. Students were introduced to a problem that they had to help solve by using the engineering design process. Here is the video we watched to learn more information about our problem and to imagine and start to plan how we could solve it:
Wednesday, April 18th: Ice Cream Day. Ice cream will be sold at lunch for $3.
Friday April 27th: Early Release, students will be dismissed at 1:00pm