Saturday, March 23, 2019

April Blog

What is happening in April?


Reading Workshop
Throughout April, students will continue to use their historical fiction text to complete character analysis, determine theme/themes, infer, compare and contrast, synthesize, and write deeply about their reading while using textual evidence. As mentioned previously, these are strong reading skills that our 4th grade readers will be able to apply across any fiction text that they pick up and read regardless of whether or not it is historical.

Students are also working through the complexity of group work. Groups are building problem solving and self-reflection skills through their daily communications with one another. Students are refining their own ability to relay and exchange information about their reading in a way where groups can dive more deeply into the big ideas being presented by the author of their text.

We will also be incorporating several of Stephanie Harvey's lessons pertaining to inferring and summarizing/synthesizing, as well as using Read Works.  Previously taught skills and written response expectations will continue to be embedded in current lessons taught for fiction and non-fiction texts.  
  
Writing Workshop
 During the month of April, students will extend their skills as writers of literary essays.  Students are invested in the process of growing big ideas about the short stories that they are analyzing each day. Students continue working on thesis statements that they generate about the texts they are reading or have read because they must support their thesis with strong textual evidence. Students are being challenged to lift the level of their essays through their thesis statements, writing about ideas that are more complex and interpretive, and supporting those ideas with textual evidence. Students will also learn to analyze author’s craft and use this to support their ideas. Finally, students will move from writing about one text to crafting compare and contrast essays about two pieces of literature.  Following this unit, students will begin informational writing.

Science
As Young AmeriTowne lessons come to a close, we will switch gears and focus on Science for the remainder of the year.  Our next unit of study will be Sun, Moon, and Stars.  Key questions we would like students to be able to answer include:  What are the patterns of movement for the Sun and Moon across the sky?  How does Earth compare to other objects orbiting the Sun? and How do we study the solar system?  

As we embark on this unit, students will study the path of the sun and its various positions in the sky as well as how and why shadows are formed.  We will also gather and analyze shadow data to develop logical conclusions about the sun's position. Finally, we will study the various phases of the moon as well as constellations.

Math
During the month April, we will be learning about fractions and decimals. In this unit, students will learn parts of rectangles (1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/3, 1/6), equivalent fractions, identifying and representing decimals, comparing fractions and decimals, and fractions and decimals on a number line. They will also be adding/subtracting fractions and decimals, and computing with rational numbers. Learning will be differentiated through small group instruction as well as extension activities that will challenge all students.

**As always, you and your kiddo can log on to the Pearson Realize website for access to teaching videos, math games, and the HW pages connected to this unit.

Unit 6:  Useful Links for Fractions and Decimals



 Gold Rush CMAS Schedule 2019
April


8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
3rd  Grade
8:45-10:30
 English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 1
 English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 2
English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 3
Math Unit 1
Math Unit 2
5th Grade
10:45-12:30
English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 1
English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 2
English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 3
Math Unit 1
Math Unit 2
4th Grade
1:15-3:00
 English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 1
 English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 2
English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 3
Math Unit 1
Math Unit 2

April

15th
16th

17th

18th

19th

3rd Grade
9:00-10:30
Math Unit 3





5th Grade
10:45 - 12:15
Math Unit 3

 Science Unit 1
Science Unit 2
Science Unit 3
4th Grade
1:30-3:15
Math Unit 3
ELA  3 Units @ 90 min
Math 3 Units @ 65 min


Science 3 Units @ 80 min


Upcoming Dates to Remember for April :
  • Colorado Connections Concert - Wednesday, March 27th @ 9:50 in the Music Room
  • Conferences Rescheduled - March 28th
  • Field Trip to Young AmeriTowne - March 29th
  • CMAS Testing Schedule - April 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 15th                                
  • No School - April 19th

Friday, March 1, 2019

March Blog

March Happenings

Reading
Throughout March, 4th graders will continue to work on building strong reading strategies while working within their historical fiction books clubs. As students finish one book with their club, they will pursue other titles while still applying the strategies that we are focusing on.

Students are learning that readers of historical fiction text have to track numerous things. Students always open their books knowing that they need to read analytically - truly studying all parts of the text that clue them into the facts, feelings, and setting (the when, where, and what of the era). Then, students are learning how to fit those pieces together like a puzzle. Fitting the puzzle pieces together has tremendous importance because it is then that readers begin to realize that the character’s perspective is shaped by the time period and by his/her roles during that point in our world’s history.

Students are also working through the complexity of group work. Groups are building problem solving and self-reflection skills through their daily communications with one another. Students are refining their own ability to relay and exchange information about their reading in a way where groups can dive more deeply into the big ideas being presented by the author of their text.
  
During the month of March students will continue to use their fiction text to complete character analysis, determine theme/themes, infer, compare and contrast, synthesize, and write deeply about their reading while using textual evidence. As mentioned previously, these are strong reading skills that our 4th grade readers will be able to apply across any fiction text that they pick up and read regardless of whether or not it is historical.
Writing
During the month of April, students will continue to build their skills as writers of literary essays.  Students are invested in the process of growing big ideas about the short stories that they are analyzing each day. Students are learning to be mindful of the thesis statements that they generate about the texts that they are reading because they must support their thesis with strong textual evidence. In this unit, students begin by defending their own basic ideas about literature. Later, students will be challenged to lift the level of their essays by lifting the level of their thesis statements, writing about ideas that are more complex, nuanced, and interpretive, and supporting those ideas with more forms of textual evidence. Students will also learn to analyze author’s craft and use this in service of supporting their ideas. Finally, students will move from writing about one text to crafting compare and contrast essays about two pieces of literature.  Following this unit, students will begin informational writing.

Math
Throughout April, we will be working on mastering or unit on fractions and decimals. Students will
After wrapping up our geometry and measurement standards, we will transition into our next unit. Our next unit is Fraction Cards and Decimal Grids. In this unit, students will learn parts of rectangles, comparing fractions and decimals, adding and subtracting fractions and decimals, and computation with rational numbers. Learning will be differentiated through small group instruction as well as extension activities that will challenge all students.

Young AmeriTowne
We will continue to prepare for our Young AmeriTowne field trip which will be on Friday, March 29th.  Students will continue to deepen their understanding of basic economics, banking, money management, philanthropy, investments, checking accounts, government, and deposit slips.

Gold Rush CMAS Schedule 2019
April


8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
3rd  Grade
8:45-10:30
 English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 1
 English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 2
English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 3
Math Unit 1
Math Unit 2
5th Grade
10:45-12:30
English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 1
English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 2
English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 3
Math Unit 1
Math Unit 2
4th Grade
1:15-3:00
 English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 1
 English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 2
English Language Arts (ELA) Unit 3
Math Unit 1
Math Unit 2


April


15th
16th

17th

18th

19th

3rd Grade
9:00-10:30
Math Unit 3





5th Grade
10:45 - 12:15
Math Unit 3

 Science Unit 1
Science Unit 2
Science Unit 3
4th Grade
1:30-3:15
Math Unit 3

  
ELA  3 Units @ 90 min
Math 3 Units @ 65 min
Science 3 Units @ 80 min


Upcoming Dates:
  • March 11th-15th - Book Fair
  • March 7th and 14th - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • March 16th - 24th - Spring Break
  • March 26th - Job Trainings
  • March 29th - Field Trip to Young AmeriTowne

My door is always open.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.