This week students will continue to study fractions. Students will practice converting fractions to their simplest form. Here’s a song to help you remember the process for reducing fractions.
Reading and Language
Students will complete their folktale assignment this week. The project is doe on Tuesday. I will try to reserve the stage in the library so students can perform their plays, however the library schedule is pretty full because of MCA testing. We may decide to perform the plays in our classroom. Stay tuned for updates about a possible performance time.
This week we are starting a unit that will integrate some of our reading, language, and social studies standards. Students will be studying the Midwest region of the United States. Students will learn the names and locations of the states and be able to name each state’s capital city.
They will study the region’s unique features and histories. As a part of our investigation we will be reading On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The novel should give students an interesting perspective on early settlers of the region.
Students will also be furthering their study of poetry this week. Last week the class had the opportunity to read a variety of poems, and this week students will begin to write their own. We will begin with haiku poetry. Haiku poems are simple 3 lines poems. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. Students will practice reading and writing Haikus this week. I’m sure the Haikus written in our class will be better than this one: