Math: We have been working on multiplying multi digit whole numbers and decimals. Students have been using estimation as a way to check their work but many students are still having difficulty with their multiplication facts, adding errors and other careless mistakes. Students seem to have a grasp of the steps involved but are making small errors along the way that are affecting their answer. We've also been growing our talk in math, discussing word problems in groups and how we will solve them. There has been a lot of focus on explaining our thinking as demonstrated in the photo below.
Reading and Writing Workshop: Our reading and writing time has been combined to focus on a character study in the books we are reading independently. Students have self-selected a book and are working to build theories about the main character. Each day we spend time reading, taking notes on our thinking, talking to our reading partners and writing about our characters. This week we have started grouping and analyzing our sticky notes to notice patterns about our characters and continue to build and refine our theories about them.
Social Studies with Ms. Valenti: We have been studying the Spanish explorers and how they were the first European country to permanently settle in North America. Up next we will begin to look at how the British settled and the lost colony of Roanoke and then on to Jamestown and Plymouth.
Science with Ms. Hodgdon: Students have learned about the parts of the heart and the flow of blood through the heart to the rest of the body. Mrs. Kelley brought in a deer heart and students were able to explore and examine the parts of a real heart!