Please refer to my weekly Bertucci Bulletin for what's happening in the classroom. Weekly emails are generally sent out on Fridays and they include my Bulletin.
This week, students will read information Newsela articles about frogs, including one about a new type of frog discovered in South America that is already endangered, and the smallest invertebrate (a frog) discovered. They will also jump onto EPIC Books to read about frogs before completing a nonfiction read and response graphic organizer.
In writing, students have begun researching and brainstorming chapters for their Frog Expert Book. This week, students will research and draft chapters 1, 2, and 3. They are required to include 4 or more text features in each of their 4 chapters. Their Frog Expert Books will also contain a table of contents and a glossary.
Environments and Survival
We will return to science shortly.
Mindset of the Month: 100% Accountable
The 100% Accountable Mindset teaches us that we have unique characteristics and ideas, and that we must hold on to the freedom of acting and thinking for ourselves.
4.3 Focus Your Energy
Students will explain what characteristics we have that make us unique.
This week, students will solve one-step and multi-step problems by modeling with math. Students will review in preparation for their assessment. They will take their practice test before playing a game of trashketball before taking their assessment on We on Wednesday, January 25th.
At the end of the week, students will strengthen their conceptual understanding of rounding and estimation and their use of place-value concepts to determine which ten or hundred is closer to a given number by participating in an addition and subtraction choice board. Finally, students will try and escape Emoji Island which will require skillful addition, subtraction, multiplication, elapsed time, and area and perimeter knowledge.
This week, students will learn more about culture by studying the Native American Powwow Celebration.
To help reinforce the concept of culture, students will explore storytelling, art, music and dance, family, education, traditions, language, religion, and traditions through a carousel activity. Then students will learn about how cultures change. Students will gather information as they take a virtual tour of Machu Picchu and analyze posters. They will also study Mapungubwe artifacts and texts. Finally, they will participate in a jigsaw activity to understand how forces such as government, economic, history, and geography shape cultures.