October Newsletter Grades 3-5

Math
Grade 3 - We are finishing up unit one in which we are working to learn our multiplication facts - applying that knowledge to use arrays, quick arrays, compare addition to multiplication, multiplication as equal groups and dividing with 0,’s, 1’s and 2’s.

Grade 4 - In unit two, students are working on multiplying up to a four-digit number by a one-digit number.  We will also learn how to multiply two-digit by two-digit numbers.

Grade 5-Unit two is all about decimals and place value.  Much of the unit focuses on adding, subtracting and rounding decimal numbers.

Reading
We are working on summarizing during our whole group mini-lessons.  Students have learned that a summary includes characters, setting, problem, events, and solution.  Next, we will work on theme.  Theme is the underlying message or big idea of a story. Please check with your child to learn more about the book they are reading during our literature discussion groups.

Writing
Students are working narratives (personal narrative or realistic fiction) during their writing time.  Our main focus this month is writing about a small moment (for example, not the entire trip to Bay Beach, but just riding the Zippin Pippin).

Science (Project Based Learning)
Students have been working hard on our first science projects.  We started by reviewing habitats they learned last year.  From there, students researched animals found in that habitat and adaptations that allow it to survive there. From there, they created two animals (predator/prey) that might live in their habitat. We are collaborating with Mrs. Mongin in art to bring the animals to life.  They will create their background and animals and then use the app iMotion to create a still frame video.  We are excited to share this projects with parents at our first showcase night on November 10.

3-5Nicole Ebert