This week in reading students learned about synthesizing. Synthesizing is an advanced reading technique that pulls together information not only to highlight the important points, but also to draw your own conclusions. Additionally, it combines and contrasts information from different sources. As a class we read One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia and The Lorax. We compared and contrasted both stories to begin to draw our own conclusions after reading. Additionally, students identified that the authors in both stories wanted the reader to think and do something after reading both stories for the environment. In one story it made you think about recycling or using less materials that aren't environmentally friendly while also trying to clean up the environment and in another story it made the reader want to protect the environment from being destroyed by humans. Here are some questions you can ask your child at home to support synthesizing:
In math students continued to work on developing a deeper sense of computation and fact fluency. Students learned about fact families and played games by finding the missing number in an equation. Students have also continued to write their own story problems and connect them to an equation. Below are some examples of problems we have worked on in class:
Students continued working on our realistic fiction writing unit by writing "book one" of their series. Students learned that sometimes an author sticks with a character for a little while and just changes the troubles that they have. In "book one" students are working on introducing their character and what they are like.
Students were eager to go to the greenhouse this week. We were able to plant some new seeds (sunflower and spinach). Then we observed and and predict what they will look like in two weeks. Additionally, students were able to harvest and taste some lettuce and spinach that was.
We met with our 5th grade buddies again to work on improving our engineering design for our "cane toad" trap. Students were able to test and improve their traps so that they could catch and hold a cane toad. They also had to activate their trap from at least 4 feet away since the toads were poisonous.
Friday April 27th: Early Release, students will be dismissed at 1:00pm