During January we will be reading and writing opinion/ argument pieces. We will read persuasive articles and form opinions of our own. The children are having a great time with this unit. This gives them a great opportunity to form their own opinions about world topics and issues and understand opposing arguments. At the end of the unit, the students will pick a debate question and write a five paragraph essay supporting their argument topic.
Unit 6 in Everyday Math has to do with mean, median, mode, and range. We will look at graphs and charts. This unit is taking place of the MId-Year Assessment. We will not longer have that assessment. In it's place the students will receive the DFA assessment which is given three times per year.
This month we are finishing sound. The test will be on 1/15. The next unit that we will begin is light. We will do many experiments with flashlights, prisms, and mirrors. We will also see many videos that support our instruction of scientific concepts. We will also have an embedded task this month. In this embedded task, we will study our brains and how we think. We will then create an experiment of our own to try and see how different variables can influence an experiment.
In Social Studies this month, we will be learning about Westward Expansion. We will learn about Manifest Destiny and how Lewis and Clark were chosen as explorers to embark on a journey to the Pacific Ocean. This exciting unit has just begun!