# November

### Monthly Curriculum Highlights!

Math: Topic 3

Learning Objectives

• Identify and apply the Commutative, Associative, Identity, and Zero Properties of Multiplication.
• Mentally compute products of whole numbers using place-value patterns and the properties of multiplication.
• Use rounding or compatible numbers to estimate products of whole numbers.
• Use exponential notation.
• Multiply two-digit numbers by factors with more than two digits.
• Divide three and four-digit whole numbers by one and two-digit divisors.
• Use pictures and equations to help represent remainders in a problem.

While many students have a wide range of experiences working with literature, there is still a need for them to gain a greater depth of understanding on ways to approach reading fiction, poetry, and drama. Literary elements--character, plot, theme, setting--are important pieces of the puzzle in building meaning. In this unit students will practice doing work as careful readers who hone in on these elements as a method to create meaning. Students will also discover that the point of view in which a story is told can impact a reader's meaning. As readers, one must carefully scrutinize the narrator or speaker o identify bias that could affect meaning. Students will build on these skills to practice writing that will explore ideas about text through writing. This is one of the expectations of the Common Core Standards. Students need to interpret text and support their thinking through writing. During this unit, students practice critiquing the work of authors and share their feelings and interpretations. This unit will help to build stronger readers who create meaning by tracking story elements and a text's point of view and can then explore their thinking and support their ideas through writing.

Writing

In this unit the students will practice Common Core Standards in reading, writing, listening and speaking. This unit complements the reading fiction unit and gives students opportunities to strengthen their ability to respond to reading and learn to communicate clearly. The purpose of this unit is for student to use skills and strategies learned through the reading unit to analyze changes in character over time. Students will summarize, infer, compare and contrast to analyze how characters deal with challenges and write a critique based on their observations using textual evidence to support their citings

Science

The planet Earth is a tiny part of a vast universe that has developed over a huge expanse of time. The history of the universe, and of the structures and objects within it, can be deciphered using observations of their present condition together with knowledge of physics and chemistry. Similarly, the patterns of motion of the objects in the solar system can be described and predicted on the basis of observations and an understanding of gravity. Comprehension of these patterns can be used to explain many Earth phenomena, such as day and night, seasons, tides, and phases of the moon. Observations of other solar system objects and of Earth itself can be used to determine Earth’s age and the history of large-scale changes in its surface.

Learning Objectives:

• Contrast the distance between Earth and the Sun with distances from Earth to other stars.
• Calculate the size of Earth compared with the Sun.
• Model the proportional size difference between Earth and the Sun.
• Devise a scale model to represent the relationship of the sizes of the Earth and Moon as well as the distances between them
• Examine how the shape of the Earth and Earth's path around the Sun are caused by the constant pull of gravity.
• Construct models to stimulate the revolution of Earth around the Sun and the Moon around the Earth.
• Model how Earth's axis, combined with the planet's revolution around the Sun cause seasons
• Graph and analyze the change in number of daylight hours over a year, and relate this change to the position of Earth in its orbit around the Sun (seasons).
• Construct a model of the phases of the Moon based on the movement of the Moon around Earth and the location the Sun.
• Graph the change of a shadow throughout the day, and relate that change to Earth's rotation.

• Mechanical pencils or sharpened pencils
• 2 erasers
• 1 pair of scissors (labeled with child’s name)
• Erasable pens (only blue or black ink)
• 5 large glue sticks
• 1 box of 24 count crayons or colored pencils (labeled with child’s name)
• 1 pair of headphones (labeled in ziplock)
• 1 soft, zipped pencil case (labeled with child’s name)
• 3 different colored highlighters
• 4 marble composition notebooks(100 sheets)
• 1 five subject spiral notebook
• 4 double sided durable pocket folders
• 1 package of post its
• 2 Low odor expo markers and 1 eraser