# What Are We Learning?

## Social Studies & Science

SOCIAL STUDIES:

What region of Texas do we live in? Did you know that Texas has four major regions, the Gulf Coastal Plains, The High Plains, The Central Plains, and The Mountains & Basins.

This week in social studies classes students will "travel" through the 4 regions of Texas. Students will learn about each regions' features such as major cities, vegetation, land-forms, and climate. Students will also use the unique features of each region to compare them.

"I saw miles and miles of Texas, all the stars up in the sky.""I saw miles and miles of Texas, gonna live here till I die." -Asleep At The Wheel

SCIENCE:

In science classes we are continuing with how real scientists do it with "I Am a Scientist" and learning about different lab tools and demonstrating safe practices. Students will also have opportunities to use their new knowledge of science safety and tools while learning about and practicing the scientific method through various experiments in class.

## Math

MATH:

### What is the digit?

We are continuing with our focus on place value of whole numbers through the billions place.

Students are expected to represent the value of whole numbers and decimals, interpret each place-value position using multiples of 10, and compare and order these numbers.

Basically, the place value of a digit determines its value.

Example:

3,890,245,132

• What is the value (or its worth) of the bold digit? 90,000,000
• What is the place (or location) of the bold digit? Ten million's place

• What are numbers and how are numbers used in everyday life?
• Why is it important to understand the value of numbers?
• How does the place value change when moving to the right or left across a number?

Understanding place value is a foundation skill that is essential as it will carry on throughout the year.

### "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child." ~Dr. Seuss

This week in reading, classes will continue their focus on fictional stories.

The featured skills for this week:

• Plot Elements

Plot elements are the parts of a great story that include the setting, characters, problem, key events, and the solution. Students will analyze these elements in a fictional text.

Students need to understand that the exposition is the beginning of the story which includes the characters, the setting, and the problem of the story. The rising action are the events the drive the story. These events are what keep the reader turning the pages to read and see what happens next. The rising action(s) adds to the problem or makes things harder for the main character. The middle of the story or the climax is the turning point of the story when the main character's problem begins to be solved. Next is the falling action, is when the story begins to slow down and the events finally lead the reader to the end or the resolution when the problem is solved.