What's Happening in Room 414                                                                                                                                   
The students will be working on I-station,Think Through Math and Xtra math for homework this week.  Please download these programs at home.  Your child's account will be checked for completion of homework. 


Unit Summary:

This unit reviews and extends students’ thinking about place value, multi-digit addition and subtraction, and problem solving. In the first module, students are introduced to the idea of rounding 2- and 3-digit numbers to the nearest ten and the nearest hundred. This skill is extended into the realm of computation, as students use rounding as a way to estimate and check the results of adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers. Students will continue to deepen their understandings while using the standard algorithms for adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers.

November Number Corner Summary:

This month's focus will be on multiplication. Students explore area and arrays as they look for patterns and relationships on the Calendar Grid markers and play a game called Array Race in the Computational Fluency workout. Students learn about and practice rounding with a game on the Number Line and they begin exploring fractions as they collect halves, fourths, and eighths in the Calendar Collector’s Unit Fraction Race. The Problem Strings workout switches from string work to problem solving this month, as students work on strategies and skills including writing equations with letters standing for unknown quantities.

(Pace Math is the red font in addition to the black font)

Students will be able to...

  • compose and decompose numbers up to 100,000 as a sum of so many ten thousands, so many thousands, so many hundreds, so many tens, and so many ones using objects, pictorial models, and numbers, including expanded notation as appropriate;

  • interpret the value of each place-value position as 10 times the position to the right and as one-tenth of the value of the place to its left; (whole number only)
  • represent the value of the digit in whole numbers through 1,000,000,000 using expanded notation and numerals;
  • compare and order whole numbers to 1,000,000 and represent comparisons using the symbols >, <, or =;
  • round whole numbers to a given place value through the hundred thousands place;
  • describe the mathematical relationships found in the base-10 place value system through the hundred thousands place
  • represent a number on a number line as being between two consecutive multiples of 10; 100; 1,000; or 10,000 and use words to describe relative size of numbers in order to round whole numbers
  • compare and order whole numbers up to 100,000 and represent comparisons using the symbols >, <, or =
  • solve with fluency one-step and two-step problems involving addition and subtraction within 1,000 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and the relationship between addition and subtraction
  • add and subtract whole numbers
  • determine the value of a collection of coins and bills
  • round to the nearest 10 or 100 or use compatible numbers to estimate solutions to addition and subtraction problems
  • round to the nearest 10, 100, or 1,000 or use compatible numbers to estimate solutions involving whole numbers
  • recall facts to multiply up to 10 by 10 with automaticity and recall the corresponding division facts
  • represent one- and two-step problems involving addition and subtraction of whole numbers to 1,000 using pictorial models, number lines, and equations
  • represent multi-step problems involving the four operations with whole numbers using strip diagrams and equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity

Language Arts

Unit Summary:

Children learn to read and write by having opportunities to read and write stories to entertain, to foster artistic expression, to stimulate imagination, to clarify thinking, and to search for identity.

In this unit on fiction, teachers model reading strategies as they “think aloud” during interactive reading to raise student awareness of the thought processes during reading to allow deeper understanding of texts. Teachers immerse students in a variety of types of fictional texts with increasingly more complex structures while explicitly teaching comprehension skills. Students read texts with expression and appropriate phrasing while making inferences and drawing conclusions about the structure and elements of fiction including the main events in a plot and their influence on future events, setting, and character interactions.

Imaginative writing provides opportunities for writers to invent a situation or story based on their imagination. Students write imaginative stories to express their ideas and feelings about real or imagined people, events, and ideas. Students begin exploring ideas that could possibly become fiction stories by storytelling their ideas which helps a student bring a storyteller’s voice into his or her own story plans. The writer creates an intriguing reading experience, so the reader does not want to stop reading. The writer uses effective word choice that lingers in the reader’s mind and makes the reader want to read aloud and with expression. An imaginative story is organized to keep the reading flowing. In order to keep the reader hooked, the writer builds the plot to a climax and contains details about the characters and setting.  Teachers model organizing ideas into paragraphs, and students notice how authors use paragraphs. Students begin experimenting with paragraphs to organize information in their stories.

Students continue to practice cursive writing and teachers continue to model writing in cursive for students to increase their ability to read cursive writing.

Poetry Integration: Humorous and Lyrical* Poems.  Poetry can be used to support expression and fluency practice in reading.  In writing, poetry can be used to study word choice as a vehicle to create imagery.

(*Lyrical Poetry-songlike poetry that has rhythm and sometimes rhyme and is memorable for sensory images and description.)

Science/Social Studies
 Students will build on their knowledge of how people adapt, modify and use the physical environment in which they live and how that physical environment may change, including natural resources.  They will investigate the impact of people, organisms and events on the physical environment.

Students will explore, investigate, and compare landforms found on Earth and the rapid changes landforms undergo. They will explore changes and interactions between humans and their environment including how people adapt, modify and use the physical environment.   Students will explore and investigate natural resources and the impact of rapid changes to natural resources. 

**Daily expectations for homework

             Read for 25 minutes

            Reading Response Monday-Thursday
            3 minute math fact practice  
            Planner signed each day

Math fact tests are given in the following order:

 50 addition facts in 3 minutes

50 subtraction facts in 3 minutes

50 multiplication facts in 4 minutes
50 division facts in 4 minutes
 50 addition facts in 3 minutes

50 subtraction facts in 3 minutes

50 multiplication facts in 4 minutes
50 division facts in 4 minutes
Multiples #1- 5 minutes

Multiples #2 - 5 minutes

Mixed Multiples #1- 5 minutes

Mixed Multiples #2- 5 minutes