2/14- No Homework Night & Classroom Friendship Party (2:20-2:45) 2/20- Holiday 2/28- Early Release
Quarter 2 Synopsis of all Subjects!!
Math- Students were exposed to multiple methods of solving multiplication problems ranging from 2 by 1 digit to 2 by 2 digit. Students also began working with long division with remainders and without remainders. Understanding variables within an equation using all 4 operations was a large focus during the last few weeks of the quarter. Multi-step problem solving continued to be an important emphasis this quarter. It is highly recommended that students continue to practice multiplication and division fast facts for fluency and automaticity purposes.
Language Arts- Reading- we continued identifying story elements such as character, setting, and plot. We learned about a variety of text features, and used them to comprehend nonfiction texts. We practiced identifying the main idea of a passage and details to support the main idea. Students participated in book clubs with their peers to read fiction novels aloud and discuss questions about the text to monitor their comprehension. Writing- we learned about how to correctly make and spell high-frequency contractions. Students wrote a character analysis during the Pumpkin Project and enjoyed a gallery walk to share their writing. Students completed a personal narrative to reflect on a special moment. We ended the quarter with interesting persuasive articles where students chose a topic and persuaded the reader to agree with them. They completed typed final copies in newsletter format. Students practiced self-assessments of their writing using a rubric and conducted post-conferences with their teacher to reflect upon and set goals for the next piece of writing. Students continued to write reading response letters to communicate their thoughts about what they are reading.
Social Studies- In Social Studies this quarter, we left the Prehistoric Period and traveled through time up to the early 1800’s. Our units began with the Historic Period of Native American culture, in which we studied the Comanche, Apache, Tonkawa, Wichita, and Kiowa tribes. Following that unit, we switched to a European focus and learned about Christopher Columbus, his successes and failures. Our next units focused on the Spanish explorers, specifically Pineda, Cabeza de Vaca, Coronado, and Onate, and the French explorer, La Salle. We then spent a few weeks learning about the colorful history of Spanish missions in Texas. Finally, we ended the quarter with the “Father of Texas” Stephen F. Austin and the first successful Anglo-American colony. Each week seemed to capture the students’ interest more than the last!
Science- Students learned about force, motion, and energy. They learned about how the forces of gravity, friction, and magnetism can change the motion of an object. Students also learned about kinetic and potential energy and how they relate to the motion of an object. They designed and built their own racecars to test the effects of force on an objects motion. During the second part of the quarter, students learned about physical science, specifically that energy exists in many forms and can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems. During our light and sound energy unit, students learned how light and sound energy travel, that sound changes as it travels through different materials, and what happens when light interacts with objects.
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7:45-8:00 Morning Assembly 8:05-8:50 FIT 8:55-9:45 Specials 9:50-11:15 Block 1: Math 11:15-12:10 Fitness/Trail/Lunch 12:10--1:30 Block 2: LA 1:30-2:50 Block 3: Sci/SS 2:55 Dismissal
Library: Tuesdays (every other) 12:45-1:15
A Day: Art (Mrs. Lee) B Day: Music (Mrs. Jones) C Day: PE (Mrs. Pate)