Word Study New Units Prefixes, Suffixes, Greek & Latin Roots
We will begin studying word parts as part of our Reader's and Writer's Workshop blocks each week. We will be studying Greek and Latin roots that form the foundation for many of the multisyllabic words your child will encounter as they read. There will not be formal spelling tests but these roots should be shown in their writing as they progress through fifth grade and they will be tested on their knowledge of the root meanings.
Reading & Writing Complexity of Characters
We have been reading fiction novels with a focus on the complexity of characters. We have been reading aloud and discussing the novel Wonder by R.J. Palaccio. This novel has tied all of our work on characters together with a common text. Expect to see your child thinking more deeply about the characters they are reading about.
Science & Social Studies Ecosystems
We have just finished a unit on matter in Science where the students mixed substances, created new substances and analyzed the states of matter around them. We have begun a unit studying how matter cycles in ecosystems. Be on the lookout for some interesting plant-based experimenting in the coming weeks!
Math New Unit Place Value & Standard Algorithm Multiplication
We have just wrapped up our study of volume. We are moving into place value understanding and the standard algorithm for multiplication. This unit will continue to have students practicing volume, area, expressions and conversions throughout. Not to worry, we will be teaching long division in this unit as well so that all of your child's division worries will be simplified! There will be a lot of games being played in math this unit, so be sure to ask about what games they are playing and what math they are learning from them!