In Reading we have begun to talk about “The Main Idea” of stories that we read together as a class. We will be discussing and responding to reading and sharing our thoughts about what “big life lessons” the author wants us to gain from various texts. In small groups we will be talking about characters in fictional stories, and will be focussing on key facts by asking the question “what’s important here?” in non-fiction texts.
In Writing we plan to work through the entire writing process from drafting to editing to revising to publication to publish a piece of story-telling writing before the Christmas break. After Christmas we will be working on persuasive writing to express to the reader our opinion about a topic of our choosing. We will be practising how to write in a positive way to convince someone of our same opinion, and also in a negative way to deter someone from doing/trying something.
In Number Sense and Numeration we will be working on showing our understanding of multiplication (as multiple addition) and division as the action of separating something into equal parts. We will be working on memorizing our multiplication facts so that they can be recalled without having to skip-count. We will also be exploring fractions, dividing whole objects and shapes into equal parts and learning the appropriate fractional names for represented fractions (e.g., two-sixths, four-sevenths). We will be introducing what a equivalent fraction is (e.g., one-third = two-sixths).
In Social Studies we are learning about rural and urban communities in Ontario, and what it is like to live in different places throughout the province. We are exploring natural environments and different jobs that are available in Ontario, practicing mapping skills, learning about natural resources, discovering how land is used throughout the province, learning about where people live and our Ontario forests, important symbols that represent our province, and studying about our provincial parks and how we can address current environmental issues.
In Visual Arts we are exploring perspective and how to use line to create depth in drawings and paintings. We are learning about how things in the distance appear smaller and further away, while things closer to the eye appear larger in size.
We will have completed all of our Science units for Term One, and will be continuing our next Science unit in Term Two.