In Reading we are focusing on non-fiction texts, and on using text features to enhance our understanding. We are working on identifying the difference between types of non-fiction pieces (e.g., narratives, informational texts and biographies) and how they differ from fictional texts. In our EQAO practice, we are focusing on connecting to what we read through our experiences, and by making connections to other books we have read. Weekly guided reading and literacy centres continue. In these small groups, we are focusing on instructional strategies for decoding, thinking and making meaning through questioning.
In Writing we are working on report writing (non-fiction), while concentrating on factual information, and summarizing that information into our own words. We are gathering information about “real things” through reading non-fiction texts, organizing that information using headings and subheadings, and presenting this information in a visually appropriate way (e.g., by creating small brochures). We continue to work through the writing process, through to publication. We will also be practising writing our own announcements (in preparation for EQAO), being precise and “getting to the point and purpose” for writing. We continue to work on writing within a limited space, being purposeful in what we include as valuable information to our readers. We also plan to do some creative opinion writing, with the topic starter “Would You Rather…”, to help us become more comfortable in writing from a creative vantage point.
In Number Sense and Numeration we will be working on 3-digit addition and subtraction, building on our understanding of re-grouping (e.g., borrowing, carrying etc.) In Measurement, we have been working with experimentation around capacity of containers, identifying which containers hold approx. 1L, and using those containers as a benchmark for measuring. We also plan to explore time, by reading analog clocks to determine the time shown, and will also explore elapsed time comparing two different times, and calculating the difference. We plan to practise measuring temperature, as we explore negative integers. In Patterning, we will be experimenting with attribute, shape, number and geometric growing and shrinking patterns. In Geometry and Spatial Sense, we have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes, identifying 2D faces, vertices and edges of 3D shapes. We will also be exploring identifying 3D shapes in structures. In Data Management and Probability we will be practising reading graphs to make meaning, and to answer questions around interpreting the data shown. We also plan to explore probability as it relates to board game spinners and fractions.
In Science we will be studying Structures, and the things that make structures weak and strong. We will be linking this unit to our understanding of 3D shapes as well as our previous Science unit about Forces.
In Visual Arts we will continue to use elements of design in Art as a way to communicate ideas, message and understanding. We plan to use new techniques to create 2D and 3D pieces of artwork.
In Social Studies will be learning about English and French Explorers, and how they interacted with Canada’s Aboriginal people as they began a new life in Canada. We will also visit Crawford Lake in Milton, to see hands-on what it was like to live as part of the Iroquois people.