Sunday, January 3, 2010

ACADEMICS (Jan. 4-8)


Our story this week is A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert, and is based on a true story. It takes place in Europe and centers around a mother acquiring a coat for her daughter during hard times in post-World War II. Anna's mother decides to trade the few valuables she has left after the war, for a farmer's wool and the services of a spinner, a weaver, and a tailor, in order to make the coat.
Skills include: main idea, making inferences, and multiple meaning words.
We are learning about common and proper nouns. Proper nouns name a special person, place, or thing and need to be capitalized.
This week we are working on how to "Find a Rule" when given a specific number pattern. We will then move on to estimating sums and differences.
We are finishing up our community chapter. We watched a wonderful video about communities around the world that reminded us that there are urban, suburban, and rural communities all over the earth! We learned about communities on five different continents, and got to see many different cultures. There will be a chapter test on Tuesday, Jan. 12th. A study guide will be sent home on Thursday.
This week we are focusing on producers and consumers, and are completing a food chain project.

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