Social Studies- The second quarter will be filled with learning about the earliest North American's! We will research various native American tribes and look at the impact of the European explorers. Our research will involve learning about primary and secondary sources and learning how to most effectively find the answers we are searching for. Here are a few good research sites for kids!
ELA- Our focus for reading this nine weeks:
* Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
* Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
* Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
* Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases
* In writing we will focus on writing to explain and also to give an opinion.
* We are in the middle of our CKLA unit on East Asian Civilizations and then we will study Greek Myths!
Math- We are moving into geometry, fractions, time and money! If your child gets an allowance that would be great practice with money!*Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces. Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.
*Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same-size squares and count to find the total number of them. This is a powerful skill that carries over into time, money and multiplication!
*Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc., and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.
*Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes.
*Solve one- and two-step word problems involving dollar bills (singles, fives, tens, twenties, and hundreds) or coins (quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies) using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Word problems may involve addition, subtraction, and equal groups situations1. Example: The cash register shows that the total for your purchase is 59¢. You gave the cashier three quarters. How much change should you receive from the cashier?
Science- Force and motion will provide opportunities for lots of inquiry learning! Students will build on knowledge from first grade developing a deeper understanding of physics! If you get to ride a roller coaster be sure to have your student connect his/her learning to the experience!
* Investigate the effect of applying various pushes and pulls on different objects.
*Demonstrate that magnets can be used to make some things move without touching them.
*Recognize that objects are pulled toward the ground unless something holds them up.
*Demonstrate that the greater the force (push or pull) applied to an object, the greater the change in motion of the object.