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Language Arts Students have finished reading My Brother Sam is Dead. They learned a lot about life in the colonies during the Revolutionary War and had some great discussions along the way. The next step is to write a 6paragraph essay comparing a challenge in their own lives to the challenges faced by the main character. Students have directions and a grading rubric in their binders if you are interested in learning more about the assignment. Social Studies This month is a continuation of Life in the Colonies. Each child has choses a colonial trade and researched and wrote about a day in their life. They did art as well. Through their research and projects, students will answer the following Big Questions: • What influenced where Europeans settled in North America? • Who founded the colonies and why? • How did religion affect the founding of the colonies? • How did the First Great Awakening affect the colonies? • What systems developed in the colonies? • What was the role of slavery in colonial America? • What brought on democratic ideas in colonial America? Math We are learning about Geometry and the Coordinate Plane. Students have been having fun exploring the coordinate grid by plotting ordered pairs and connecting these pairs to create Lisa and Bart Simpson. They have been looking for patterns between cube designs, coming up with the function/rule and graphing the linear equations on a coordinate grid. They are also learning how to determine the yintercept and the slope for such equations. By the conclusion of this unit, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies: • Classify quadrilaterals (square, rectangle, parallelogram, kite, trapezoid, and rhombus). • Classify the different types of triangles by their attributes. • Identify and sort twodimensional geometric figures by their properties. (circle, half/quarter circle, triangle, quadrilaterals, pentagon, hexagon) • Classify twodimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties. • Classify polygons by attributes • Use, compare and understand the relationship with the formulas for area of triangles, parallelograms, and rectangles. • Generate patterns using given rules • Form ordered pairs consisting of corresponding terms from the two patterns • Graph ordered pairs on the four quadrants of the coordinate plane • Generate line graphs to represent patterns • Create a coordinate grid • Name and write ordered pairs • Articulate directions as students plot points Science with Ms. Le Clair In Fizz Quiz, students will be Investigating the following:
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AuthorMrs. Gaine has been teaching 5th grade at Bel Aire for 15 years. She loves her job, the community and of course, her students. Archives
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