What we've been doing...
MAP testing began this week, which altered our schedule slightly. We continue to test next Monday, but then we'll be on our normal schedule.
In reading we're continuing to build our reading stamina during read-to-self time. We've also been talking about what good readers do while they're reading. This week we also began a new book Shoeshine Girl, which we'll be referring to during our reading lessons coming up.
In math we continue to work on comparing fractions with uncommon denominators. This can be tricky because you have to find the Least Common Multiple first, then use that to make two fractions with common denominators. We also reviewed coverting mixed numbers and improper fractions. This is a 4th grade concept, but will need to be understood before we move into adding/subtracting mixed numbers.
In science we started learning about the different systems within the Earth: geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere & biosphere. We then dug into the biosphere more carefully and began studying the wood forest ecosystem. From there we have started (and will continue next week) learning about food chains and food webs within the forest ecosystem.
In language arts we have been reviewing elements of narrative writing before we choose a story to complete. In October I will be sending a note home about spelling and how we will do that in 5th grade.
In social studies we have been learning about the key powers of the three branches of government.
What's to come...
9/38: Book orders due from Mrs. Compau's class