Updated: February 2020
Approaches to Learning
- Explores the arts in many ways
Language & Literacy Development
- Demonstrates how to use a book
- Comprehends and responds to books and other written work
Cognition and General Knowledge
- Uses number concepts and operations
- Explores and describes shapes
Physical Well-Being and Motor Development
- Demonstrates fine motor strength and coordination
- Rote counting to 60
- Identifying, sorting, comparing, and describing 2-dimensional shapes (circle, triangle, square, rectangle, rhombus, hexagon, and trapezoid)
- Composing 2-dimensional shapes (drawing, making, or building using smaller shapes)
- Identifying shapes within our world
- Identifying, sorting, comparing, and describing 3-dimensional shapes (sphere, cube, cylinder, and cone)
- Comparing 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes
- Hear and manipulate the phonemes in a c-v-c word
- Distinguish between common types of texts
- Understand the meaning of some words that are new but easy to understand in the context of the text and with picture support
- Understands the author of an informational text decides what ideas or information is presented
- Communicate through:
- Have meaningful conversations about their writing and feedback to their peers
- Write/draw about a personal story
- Write/draw about information learned
We will be working with our unit that is titled The Past, The Present, and The Future. The big ideas in this unit are an author’s purpose affects the choice of words and pictures presented to the reader, readers know that the speaker in a story affects how the story is told and know that the narrator or speaker in a story sometimes changes.
Word Study – students will continue to work with consonant clusters.
Writing – students will write opinion pieces that introduce the topic or name the book being written about, express an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
This unit is tightly focused on addition and subtraction to 20. During this unit, first graders continue to develop fluency with addition and subtraction facts to 10 and strategies for working with facts to 20. Students make extensive use of the number rack to model and solve number combinations and story problems of all types. In the process, they learn how to write and solve equations that involve unknowns in all positions and determine whether addition and subtraction equations are true or false. Throughout the unit, the interesting and sometimes amazing habits of penguins offer engaging story problem contexts for young learners.
Reading: Nonfiction texts (Notice and understand text features and stating and writing about the important information learned through the text)
Shared Reading: Nonfiction texts (Highlighting important information and answering questions about the information presented through the text)
Writing: Writing nonfiction pieces with an engaging opening, key facts, and a closing to sum up the information written.
Word Study: Long vowel patterns, collective nouns, suffixes and word meaning.
- Understanding place value within 1,000.
- Using knowledge of place value to determine the value of a collection of coins and dollars.
Math: Unit 5 returns to the study of multiplication, especially as it relates to division. Students again build arrays, but use them to model and solve division as well as multiplication problems. Story problems play a major role in the first two modules, helping students to connect their everyday experiences with division to more formal mathematical concepts. As they solve and pose story problems, students encounter two different interpretations of division—sharing and grouping—and have numerous opportunities to build understandings of both. Much of the work in Modules 2 and 3 revolves around fact families, while Module 4 features an introduction to area, a topic that will be revisited in Unit 6.
Reading: We will be focusing on Historical fiction events such as the Holocaust and slavery. Students will discuss these issues and relate them to various mini lessons ranging from Authors Purpose, Comparing and contrasting, and cause and effect.
Writing: Starting the month with informative/expository writing pieces, students will practice their skills from note taking to going back into the text for pertinent data, to revisiting opinion writing. They will go through the writing process ( all 5 components) to strengthen their skills and develop a successful final draft.
Science: We will be getting into the “would you rather” series and researching information about their animals linking it to opinion writing.
During the month of February, fourth graders will be focusing on reading historical fiction. We will compare and contrast topics and themes between two or more stories. The students will put their thinking into writing about their comparisons. We will revisit opinion writing and the use of transition words within the piece.
In math we will be ending Unit 4 and taking a post assessment. Unit 5 will focus on geometry, specifically shapes and their attributes. Students will also be classifying angles and using a protractor to measure angles.
In science we will continue learning about the water cycle.
In ELA , Reading Workshop:
We will explore historical fiction and expository nonfiction in depth, as well as revisit traditional literature. We will study their big ideas and understand the elements that make up each genre.
We will write about reading in relation to historical fiction. We will write opinion pieces supporting a point of view on topics or texts.
In Math, we will master the standard multiplication algorithm after reviewing the area model and partial products. We will reinforce the connection between multiplication and division, using the area model and ratio tables to help students develop a degree of comfort with long division. Students extend their understandings of multiplication and division to working with fractions.
In Science, we will continue to explore physical science with a focus on how sound travels and force and motion.
In Social Studies, we will explore human geography by studying how geography has influenced cultures around the world.
English/Language Arts: During the month of February, sixth grade students will focus on reading and comprehending literature. We will read short stories and poetry, and then write about specific features in the text. Students will then move into their informational writing piece in which they must write an informational essay.
Math: The focus of this unit is working with rational numbers, algebraic expression and equations. Students will be using rational numbers to represent real world context and understand the meaning of 0 in each situation.
Social Studies: For the month of February, sixth grade students are shifting their focus to the civilizations that arose in ancient India. Because most student are unaware of the most basic information about India, we will focus on an in-depth study of India’s geography before progressing into the first cities that developed around the Indus River- Harrapa and Mohenjo-Dara. Students will also experience the different social classes which formed in the area through several interactive activities.
Science: We are discussing Cells to Organ Systems. We are currently focusing on Art of Histology project which incorporates impressionistic art into the science classroom by looking at tissue samples. We will be building on this and discussing how our organ systems function.
English/Language Arts: During the month of February, seventh grade students will focus on reading and comprehending literature. We will read short stories, fables, myths, and poetry, and then write about specific features in the text. Students will then move into their informational writing piece in which they must write an informational essay incorporating at least 2 different texts/sources.
During the month of February, we will be concluding Chapter 4 and working through Chapter 5 in the CPM textbook. The content that will be covered is as follows:
Chapter 4: Proportions and Expressions
Section 4.3 – In this section students will be introduced to algebra tiles. Students will use the area and perimeter of the algebra tiles to build expressions and combine like terms. Students will work with algebraic expressions, simplifying and evaluating them for given values.
Chapter 5: Probability and Solving Word Problems
Section 5.1 – This section introduces a linear diagram that students will use to represent relationships between parts and the whole to solve problems
Section 5.2 – Students will investigate probability using a deck of cards and a random number generator. Students will learn to represent multiple events using a probability tree, a list, and a table. Students will also revisit the idea of the fairness of events and compare experimental and theoretical probabilities
Section 5.3 – This section will introduce the 5-D Process as a problem-solving method. Students will learn how to understand a problem by drawing, describing, and defining its elements. Students will learn strategies that lead to writing and solving equations later in the course.
Social Studies: Moving into February, students in 7th grade Social Studies will focus their attention on the African Empires, trans-Saharan slave trade and the Crusades. Student will learn how the African empires established themselves, and thrived during their heights through trade and cultural advancements. Students will also focus their attention on how slave trade become a profitable commodity throughout Africa and later became a part of the Colombian exchange. Lastly, students will spend time learning about the Crusades impacted Europe and its lasting effects on the world.
Science: During the month of February, 7th grade students will be investigating the Hydrologic cycle. During their course of study, students will learn about the changing states of water and how water rates can vary in flow patterns. They will also gain a deeper understanding of Current and Climate patterns during this month. Students will focus their attention on water flow patterns, water contamination and its effects on the environment and humans and how water quality affects the quality of life in an area.
English/Language: During the month of February, eighth grade students will focus on reading and comprehending literature. We will read short stories, fables, myths, and poetry, and then write about specific features in the text. Students will then move into their informational writing piece in which they must write an informational essay incorporating multiple texts/sources.
During the month of February, we will be working through Chapter 5 in the CPM textbook. The content that will be covered is as follows:
Chapter 5: Systems of Equations
Section 5.1 – In this section students will continue the solving focus that they began in Chapter 3. Students will study how to solve multi-variable equations for one of the variables. Students will also learn how to solve equations that contain fractions.
Section 5.2 – This section will start by examining word problems in which two amounts are compared. Students will use their knowledge of graphs and rules to write equations for word problems. Then, using the Equation Mat, students will solve a pair of linear equations to determine where two lines cross.
Social Studies: Heading into the month of February, students in 8th grade Social Studies will focus their attention on Westward Expansion, the Industrial Revolution and the impact of technology on the means production, the rise of child labor, US Monopolies, and Northern vs. Southern Industry. They will also focus their attention on the dispute over sectional issues, 1820-1850 and the nature of Federalism, 14th, 15th, 16th Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation-Civil War Battles.
Science: During the month of February, 8th grade students will be investing the causes and effects of environmental changes and its effects on species worldwide. Students will gain a strong foundation in the processes of evolution and diversity of species. Lastly, students will be learning about the process of extinction and what that means for other organisms. Students will investigate what humans can do to reduce the rate of extinction of organisms.