Extraordinary Eagle: Ishaan!

Reading

In reading, we finished reviewing everything we learned about in our third reading unit. In particular, we reviewed how to identify the theme of a story. Then, we took our reading assessment in which students wrote four reading responses. Students then worked on a skill quick checks. They read short stories and applied the skills we learned in this unit to answer questions. Next week, students will begin a new informational unit. They will get split up into research groups and focus on texts relating to an animal! Ask your student to find the theme of a story they’re reading at home!

Writing: 

In writing, we continued with our opinion writing unit in which students are writing persuasive essays and letters. Students completed brainstorms for their essays and began organizing their ideas. They are focusing on including 3 big reasons for their argument and at least 2 supporting details for each big reason. Students worked on choosing reasons and details that would convince their audience. Students are working hard to break their persuasive writing into paragraphs as they move from planning to drafting. Ask your student about their argument and their three big reasons!

Math

In math, we continued in Module 5 on fractions. Students practiced how to create improper fractions and how to draw examples of improper fractions. Students learned how to compare fractions and noticed that they need to compare wholes that are the same size. Students also changed wholes to change fractional units. Next week students will take their mid-module assessment.

Social Studies:

In social studies, students learned about place and location. Students learned that a location is a position of a particular point or place on the surface of the earth, whereas place is an area having unique physical and human characteristics. We used Google Earth to notice that we live in many different places at once. We went from big to small: Earth, North America, the USA, Washington, and Sammamish. Students noticed the physical and cultural characteristics of each place. Finally, students read a book about different types of maps and keys. They then drew their own map of our classroom and incorporated scales and keys to make their map more accurate. Ask your student about what they included in their maps of our classroom!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Karissa Bachman

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