March

Monthly Curriculum Highlights!

Mathematics

• Topic 9

Any number, measure, numerical expression, algebraic expression, or equation can be represented in an infinite number of ways that have the same value.

The set of real numbers is infinite and ordered. Whole numbers, integers, and fractions are real numbers. Each real number can be associated with a unique point on the number line.

Numbers can be used for different purposes, and numbers can be classified and represented in different ways.

There is more than one algorithm for each of the operations with rational numbers. Some strategies for basic facts and most algorithms for operations with rational numbers, both mental math and paper and pencil, use equivalence to transform calculations into simpler ones.

Numbers can be approximated by numbers that are close. Numerical calculations can be approximated by replacing numbers with other numbers that are close and easy to compute mentally. Some measurements can be approximated using known referents as the unit in the measurement process.

Mathematics content and practices can be applied to solve problems.

• Topic Ten

There are multiple interpretations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of rational numbers, and each operations related to other operations. Numbers can be approximated by numbers that are close. Numerical calculations can be can be approximated by replacing numbers with other numbers that are close and easy to compute with.

The set of real numbers is infinite and ordered. Whole numbers, fractions, and mixed numbers are real numbers. Each real number can be associated with a unique point on the number line.

It is important for students to gain an understanding of how to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers because students will see fractions and mixed numbers throughout their everyday life.

• It is important for students to think about texts and to develop their own opinions about the books they are reading. Students should have the opportunity to share their opinions by writing them and supporting those opinions with reasons and examples. It is valuable for students to be able to go back into a piece of literature and find text that supports their thinking. Students should have many opportunities to do this type of work over long and short periods of time.
• Literary essay practice offers our students a crucial pathway to the connection between reading and writing. It helps students learn that writing can be a way to not only hold on to one’s thinking about a particular subject or about a text but also clarify and elaborate on that thinking. This unit will help students become more skilled in what the Common Core State Standards refer to as “opinion writing”—that is, in the logical thesis-driven writing that was introduced through the interpretive essay unit earlier in the year. The unit does this while also moving students along in their journey toward the analytic text-based work that is the foundation of high school and college classrooms.

Social Studies

• Students will understand that British colonists living in the American colony became unhappy with the British monarchy and the British Parliament. These feelings prompted the colonists to fight a war for their own independence.
• Students will understand the causes of unrest in the British colonies.
• Students will understand the effects of both the actions of the colonists and the responses of the British government to the colonists' actions.
• Students will come to understand that while there were many colonists who were opposed to British rule of the colonies there were still colonists who were loyal to the British monarchy and those who were neutral to the fight.
• Students will understand that George Washington and other key figures were key to the success of the Patriots fighters.
• Students will understand that the war for Independence was a difficult war for Americans and the British.
• The Americans were at an overwhelming disadvantage, but won the war because of their determination, strong leadership and foreign aid.

• 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