In Reading we are sharing fictional and non-fictional texts, concentrating on the “Main Idea” of the books we are discussing. We are focusing on “big ideas” that the author wants us to remember. With fictional texts, we are focusing on the “life lessons” the author is teaching us that we can apply to our lives, and with non-fiction we are focusing on summarizing the most important pieces of information. We continue to practise using text features to help our understanding, while reading grade-level texts. Weekly guided reading and literacy centres continue. In these small groups, we are focusing on instructional strategies for decoding, thinking and making meaning.
In Writing we will be focusing on report writing, concentrating on writing factual information, and summarizing that information into our own words. We will be 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., small brochures etc.). We will be continuing to work through the writing process, through to publication.
In Number Sense and Numeration we will be working on counting forwards and backwards to 1000 by 5s, 10s, 25s and 100s. In Measurement, we will be working with mass, estimating, measuring, ordering and comparing the weight of different objects. We also plan to review how to divide shapes into equal pieces using fractions. In Geometry and Spatial Sense, we will be using grids and describing the directions (vertical and horizontal) that are necessary to move from one location to another. We will be practising how to identify flips, turns, and slides through investigation. We will also explore symmetry. In Data Management we will be working with gathering information, recording data and creating graphs to show the results of surveys we conduct in the classroom.
In Science we will be studying Forces. We will be talking about what a force is (a push or a pull). We will explore friction, magnetism, static electricity, and gravity. We will also discuss where we see forces in nature, and how kinetic energy (movement) can be useful to make things work.
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.
Our next Social Studies unit will not begin until later in Term Two.