Content Areas

Check out what the students are learning about in class!

Reading:

We will start the year with the "Building a Reading Life." The students will learn about making good book choices, tracking their thinking while they read, reading between the lines, etc. It will be important for the students to begin building their reading stamina.

Writing:
The first writing unit is all about writing true stories. The students will learn about picking a moment in their lives and describing the "heart of the story" in detail.  We will work on writing in paragraphs, using transitions, and continue practicing basic mechanics (punctuation, capitalization, etc.)

Math: 
We have finished up Chapter 1 already and will be moving into Chapter 2 next week (which is another quick chapter.) The students will be practicing mental math strategies to add and subtract numbers. Chapter 3 will follow with addition and subtraction strategies with numbers into the hundred thousands.

Social Studies:
The beginning of the school year is a hodge podge of social studies concepts. We will begin the year studying the United States Constitution (Preamble and Bill of Rights), the branches of government, voting, inauguration, and a little bit about September 11th. After that we will jump into the Colonial Life unit.

Science
The first science unit of the year is on light energy. The students will learn about refraction, reflection, absorption, shadows, and the human eye.

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