• Weeks of 3/14 & 3/21

    Writing Workshop: Last week we studied a persuasive piece to determine what a strong opening, good evidence, and a good wrap up looks like.  We used 2 different graphic organizers to plan our persuasive piece and to create a strong opening and closing statement.  We revised our writing to add stronger, more persuasive words.  This week we will take one more look at our writing to make sure our arguments will persuade the reader.  We will write our good copies and share them with each other. 


    Reading Workshop: Last week we continued our study of why Author’s write pieces.  We read and answered multiple choice and open ended questions for 3 different sample NJASK reading passages that asked about Author’s Purpose.  We then spent 2 days reviewing 2 of the passages, checking our answers, and using a rubric to score our response to the open ended questions. 

    This week we are going to reread, check our answers, and use a rubric to score our open ended response to the last passage we read.  We will then continue our exploration of Author’s Purpose by playing a game where we read different short passages and identify why the author wrote it. 


    Word Study: Along with children identifying the similar characteristics of the words they will sort, children will be involved in different vocabulary building activities using their words.


    Social Studies: We have been reviewing the following map skills: Identifying Continents & Oceans, reading a map key, identifying important map features.  The children began learning about Longitude & Latitude lines and how to use these lines to find places.  Children will be given a quick quiz on TUESDAY to determine their understanding of these concepts. 

    We will then begin to read chapter 7 in our text book.  This week we will learn about why Washington DC was chosen as our country’s capital, and who helped build Washington DC. 


    Math: The children reviewed grid maps and how to read them and practiced multiplication facts.  They learned about patterns and how to identify patterns with numbers and shapes.  They practiced answering open ended pattern questions. 

    This week we will use geometric shapes to explore the concepts of: Flip, Slide & Turn.  We will also learn to identify and practice the four problem solving steps.  Children will answer open ended math problems that involve making tables to organize data and answer questions.  We will look over our responses and score them using a rubric.