Our essential question this week is: What helps an animal survive? Students will read expository, or informational, texts with the intent of learning about how different animals have adapted to their environment. We will begin with animals that have lived in colder weathers, we will gain an in depth understanding of spiders, and many more crazy adaptations will be discussed during class. The focus for this week is telling the main idea and details in a summarizing statement. The students will continue their reading log at home and journal at school during independent reading time.
We will shift our focus this week from multiplication strategies to understanding multiples and factors. The students will finish their chapter 3 test on double-digit by double-digit multiplication. Students will then learn about factors and multiples in order to begin building a foundation for learning long-division. It is crucial for students to continue their practice of multiplication facts at home in order to mast the next 2 concepts covered in math.
We are coming to a close with our PLTW unit on energy: collisions. Students will brainstorm and build a model as a group with the purpose of saving an egg from cracking in a collision.
1. Students will need to identify one important detail we learned through the week regarding an animal's adaptation.
2. Students will need to summarize the model their group is building for our vehicle restraint system in science.
I look forward to another wonderful week of many learning adventures!