This weeks students learned how to synthesize a text by focusing on the story's theme. Students learned that theme is the message conveyed by a text that applies to multiple other texts. They learned that they have to use what they know about characters, setting and plot to help determine the theme. So far our the themes the stories we have focused on have been kindness, bravery, hard work (perseverance), and hope. Theme is an abstract concept that so many readers struggle with. You can help your child when you read with them at home by talking about the themes of stories/movies after you finish reading/viewing and providing evidence. Model this for your child if they need more support.
Students were eager to kick off our new unit of writing: Poetry! We have been learning how to look at everyday objects "through poets' eyes". A stapler may be a shark with silver sharp teeth, a pinecone may be a tiny tree, a baby learning to walk could be a spinning top that is slowing down and about to fall. Students also explored with line breaks. They learned that what the poet says, or doesn't say, gives meaning to their poem. We are just getting started but the students are already applying so much of what they are learning when they write!
Students began learning about arrays in math to meet the requirements of the following common core state standard:
CCSS.G.A.2 Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same-size squares and count to find the total number of them.
Students learned that an array is a series of objects that are organized in rows and columns. They have been using the visual of an array to connect it to repeated addition and multiplication. After building an array students wrote the addition and multiplication equations for it. This visual will build a strong number sense foundation for students to connect to as they begin to learn more about multiplication.
Students learned that our eggs for our milkweed bugs will hatch and need the essentials that all lifeforms need: space, air, food and water. We were able to engineer a habitat had all of those things for our milkweed bugs. We are looking forward to seeing them hatch soon!