Dear Families and Guardians,
As we approach the end of the school year, please make sure all OP books are returned. In-person students may bring to school. Online students can return books at supply pick-up- Wednesday, June 2nd or Thursdays starting May 27th. Please notify the school if books are missing. More information will be shared about returning school computers. Although the school year is coming to an end, we are still learning and assignments in the afternoon should be completed each day. We often have some time to begin assignments, and these will still need to be finished and turned in. If your child needs help with an assignment, they may login zoom office hours from 12:45-1:15 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The zoom link can be found on the front page of our Schoology course.
Reading – Unit 8: Determining Important Ideas continued. In this unit, students focus on determining important ideas in text to better understand and remember what they read. They also make inferences, visualize, and identify what they learn and wonder as they hear and discuss read-alouds from a variety of genres.
Writing- This week we wrapped up another round of informational writing. Students selected a state, researched, and wrote an informational piece. For this, students were expected to include qualities of informational writing including a beginning which got readers ready to learn a lot of information about the subject, use transition words to connect ideas, write endings that drew the writing to a conclusion, group information, provide relevant text features, and follow rules for capitals, punctuation and spell correctly. To finish the school year, we will continue to work on writing summaries for reading and review narrative writing.
Math- Unit 6-Area & Perimeter and Unit 5- Word Problems … We will finish out the school year with these last units. Currently, we are working on Unit 6: Area and Perimeter. Students begin to investigate the area of a rectangle by counting the number of square units inside the figure. Students also find the perimeter by counting the linear units around the outside of the figure.
Students develop methods to find perimeter and area of a rectangle.
Students draw rectangles that have the same perimeter but different areas and rectangles that have the same area but different perimeters. They discover the relationship between perimeter and area, such as that for the given area, the longest, skinniest rectangle has the greater perimeter and the rectangle with sides closet to the same length or the same length has the least perimeter. Throughout the unit, students will apply what they have learned about perimeter and area to real world problems.
Unit 5: Types of Word Problems… In this unit, your child will solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems involving unknow addends and factors.
*If one of the addends is unknown, it can be found by subtracting the known addend from the total or by counting on from the known addend to the total.
*If the total is unknown, it can be found by adding the addends.
*If one of the factors is unknown, it can be found by dividing the product by the other factor.
*If the product is unknown, it can be found by multiplying the factors.
Math Mountains are used to show a total and two addends. Students can use the Math Mountain to write an equation and then solve the equation to find the unknown.
Equations with numbers alone on the left are also emphasized to help with the understanding of algebra.
Comparison Bars are used to solve problems that involve one amount that is more than or less than another amount. Drawing Comparison Bras can help a student organize the information in the problem in order to find the unknown smaller amount, the unknown larger amount, or the difference.
Please let me know if you have any questions!