Math- Unit 4 Data continued
Stem and leaf plots will be our focus for most of this week. We use stem and leaf plots as another way to organize data while recognizing common place values. In addition, we will again analyze this data using mean, median, mode and range. By Friday, we should begin the last section of this unit, line graphs. Our hard work from first quarter will be supporting our math work throughout the unit.
Language Arts- Theme
We are constantly building upon and connecting comprehension and metacognitive strategies in our reading. Although our focus for this week will be theme, we will continue practicing and discussing inferring, visualizing, and the importance of annotations. In particular, inferring supports finding the theme of a text. Ultimately, we must consider the reactions, thoughts and actions of characters within the conflict of the story to understand what message the author wants us to leave the text with. Why did the character say or do this? What are the consequences of their actions?
Social Studies- Southeast continued
Exploration of the southeast continues.
Can you compare and contrast the Southeast region to the Northeast region? What industries do they have in common? Based on common industries, what resources or physical features do they share? What is the biggest difference between the regions?
Math- Unit 4 Data
Data has a variety of uses and is evaluated in many ways. We have focused this past week on finding, comparing and evaluating the measures of center. Remember to always organize your data from least to greatest.
Mean- Average- Fair Share (add all data, then divide by the number of data pieces)
Median- Middle (find the number directly in the middle; if your data set has an even number of pieces, add the two pieces of data in the middle and divide by two)
Mode- Most Often (find the data piece that occurs most frequently)
Range- Variation (circle the highest and the lowest number, then find the difference; greatest-least=range)
Test on Mean, Median, Range, and Mode on Thursday November 10th
Language Arts- Unit 3 Inferences/Visualization
Inferring is a natural habit of critical thinkers so this week our class showed their expertise with Roald Dahl texts. We constantly problem solve and evaluate what we know, inferring is just pulling apart the ideas we gather and identifying or proving where they came from between texts and what we already know.
I read (text evidence) + I know (my schema) = I infer (so I think)
We also began visualization with The Octopus’s Garden last week. Students illustrated what they imagined as the song played. Remember to recognize the images playing in your head as you read. Schema plays a big role in creating these intricate moving images with which we strengthen our comprehension and gain deeper understanding. As readers, we must constantly explore and validate our changing ideas and visualizing supports this metacognitive practice.
Social Studies- Southeast
5th graders are now traveling through the southeast to explore the diverse physical features, industries, resources and climate of the region. This region is very close to home so students will have many valuable experiences to share. Keep the southeast a discussion topic at home and bring in any artifacts or first hand experiences to share with the class!
In our class, the students will be hosting student led conferences on November 7th. If you have not signed up for a conference time, please email me with a few available times. If November 7th does not work for your family, please email two or three dates and times that would work best for your family. I hope to see you soon!
Students made it through the first week in our temporary classroom! It will be a few more weeks out in the trailers so remember to bring umbrellas, rain coats and sweatshirts as conditions are unpredictable. Excellent work this past week problem solving as a team and adjusting to all of the changes!
Math- Unit 3 Multiplication and Division continued
This week in math, we will move from multiplication to division. As we proceed, basic multiplication facts will continue to gain foundational importance. Multiplication facts should be studied nightly and we will retest multiplication facts until mastered.
Language Arts- Unit 2 Sequence/ Determining Importance
Our language arts focus is shifting to sequence. Consider the many different text clues we use to identify order of events. Functional texts such as recipes, directions, and procedures are excellent for analyzing sequence and the many clues authors use to suggest the importance of order or events. How is sequence important for implementing the scientific method?
Social Studies Regions
Our social studies exploration will soon begin as we approach American regions. We will experience and analyze each region using the 5 themes of geography.
Math - Unit 3 Multiplication and Division
Friday, students took the multiplication times tables pretest. Expect to see times table practice coming home later this week. Today, students began exploring and connecting unit vocabulary to link important ideas and concepts of multiplication and other operations. We will soon dive into the properties of multiplication.
Terms to discuss and review: prime, composite, factor, multiple, product, distributive property, commutative property, associative property
Language Arts - Unit 1 Main Idea/Supporting Details & Asking Questions
This week, we continue to practice asking questions before, during and after reading to monitor and build comprehension. Students are also identifying stated and unstated main idea. As a reader, they pull main ideas and supporting details from a text onto a graphic organizer. Using the same graphic organizer, they organize their prewriting to construct a paragraph with a topic sentence and supporting details following a central focus.
Social Studies - 5 Themes of Geography
Students began flip books to organize and explain the 5 themes of geography
Location- Where is it?
Place- What is is like?
Human and Environment Interaction- How do people interact with and change their environment?
Movement- How do goods, people and ideas travel?
Regions- What are the characteristics and unifying features of the area?
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