This week finds me getting back into the swing of teaching! What a joy it has been. Mr. Crawford's last official day in our classroom will be next Friday. He has finished teaching as of today and will be spending his last week has a college student observing other classrooms.
In math this week, we have continued to work on multiplication strategies that help solve facts. The new Go Math! series does a wonderful job of showing how to model this. The students have been gaining valuable lessons on how to persevere when they come across a problem they haven't memorized. A test will be given next week on chapter 4. Chapter 5 will begin, assuming everyone does well on the test. Chapter 5 will discuss patterns in multiplication. There are only 5 lessons in this chapter, so we will be in Chapter 6 before Christmas break! Time flies!
Reading has been spent learning about a play titled "Pushing Up the Sky." We have been focusing more on author's purpose when writing a story. There are three main purposes: Persuade, Inform, or Entertain. Students are much more versed on this skill. Next week, will be reading "A Symphony of Whales." The skill will be generalizing information. In other words, taking what we read and making a general statement over what the story was about.
We have moved into Social Studies once again, with chapter 3, which is about Native Americans. We will be using this time to read expository nonfiction, which is what Common Core standards really have us focus our reading skills on. Since this is a much more difficult skill, this is how most science and social studies lessons have been taught. We look at text features, captions, headings, and subheadings to understand how text books are organized. This will help them greatly down the road.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for all you do,