# What Are We Learning?

## Math

MATH:

We are starting our decimals unit. We will be representing decimals, including the tenths and hundredths, using visual models and money. We are representing the value of the decimal digits as well.

• Represent decimals using base ten blocks and money
• Represent the value of a decimal using expanded notation and numerals
• Compare decimals using the greater than less than symbols
• Order decimals from least to greatest and greatest to least

• What is the relationship between a decimal and a whole number?
• How can you represent a decimal in a variety of ways?
• Explain the relationship between the tenths and hundredths place.

## Social Studies & Science

SOCIAL STUDIES:

What does it mean to be independent?

This week in social studies, classes will participate in Celebrate Freedom Week. Students will focus on identifying the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights . They will also analyze the meaning and importance of each of the Founding Documents.

• What do the documents mean?
• Why were they written?
• What makes them so important?

SCIENCE:

In science, classes will classify, measure, compare, and contrast the physical properties of matter.

The physical properties of matter include size, mass, volume, state, temperature, magnetism, and relative density.

• How can you differentiate between a mixture and solution?
• How does the size of an object impact its ability to sink or float?

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!"

-Dr. Seuss

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

The featured skills for this week:

• Character Interactions and changes
• Retell, summarize or paraphrase texts that show meaning and order .

This week in reading classes students will work on explaining how the characters in their story interact with each other. They will identify and analyze the events that motivate the character to changes from one point in the story to another.

Students will also continue to focus on retelling, paraphrasing or summarizing fictional texts. They will also focus on meaning and providing a logical order with in their summaries.

• Describe the main character of your story.
• What event caused them to change?
• What would happen to that character if the event was different?
• What events happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the story?
• What are the important events that happened in the story?
• How do the important events affect the ending of story?
• Ask while reading: What is happening in the story up to this point?
• How are the important events in the story related?
• Summarize the story you have just read.

### *There is so much to learn - you can support your child by reading with them 30 minutes every night!

WRITING:

This week in writing we will continue writing in our Writer's Notebooks and reading mentor texts to understand the purpose of our Writer's Notebooks.

Also, students will use a target "thinking map" to help them brainstorm or list their favorite of favorite things. This will lead to and help them understand how to organize their thoughts, but also "zoom" in on or focus the smaller parts to begin writing paragraphs. The idea is to help them become comfortable and gain confidence with their writing.

We will also discuss unfamiliar words in a text and how to use context clues to help us understand their meaning or definition.