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    “So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act.

    And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)

    Kid, you'll move mountains.”-Dr. Suess, Oh the Places You'll Go

    Week of November 26th:

    Math: Our topic 4 test on multiplying decimals was rescheduled for Tuesday, 11/27. Students received a study guide before Thanksgiving break, and we will be reviewing in class on Monday. On Wednesday we will begin Topic 5: Dividing Whole numbers. Students will start out by learning how to estimate quotients, how to divide by powers of 10, and how to use models to divide whole numbers. 

    Reading: We are coming towards the end of our second reading unit: Analyzing Characters. We will finish our class read aloud, Home of the Brave this week! This week we will review how to determine if characters are complex (act in different ways). We will also learn that once we read through most of a book or finish a book we can create a claim about the story (either the characters, the themes, the events, etc. ). Once we have a strong claim, we will gather multiple pieces of text evidence and explain the evidence in our own words to support our ideas and demonstrate our comprehension. This assignment will count as a grade and be organized into a Google Slides presentation (students will not have to present these to the class). We will review the directions and expectations in class. Students will have time during reading and the WIN block to work on this. Resources for this will also be found on Reading Google Classroom. All Google Slides will be due December 4th. Later in the week, we will focus on determining accurate theme(s) of a story. 

    Writing: This week in writing we will revise our second personal narrative stories and focus on organization and elaboration. The students are working so hard on making their stories the best they can possibly be! We also review how to edit our stories for complete sentences and fix run-on sentences. By the end of the week we will edit for C.O.P.S. and complete publishing these stories. We plan to share these stories with our first grade buddies! We will begin our nonfiction writing unit next week!

    Social Studies: We have been studying the relationship between the Native Americans and early English colonists of Jamestown and Plymouth by analyzing videos, images, and texts. By using a variety of information as research we will use this information this week to complete a performance assessment for the end of the unit. Students will have to write a letter from the point of view of an early English colonist or Native American. Next week we will begin our first science unit, The Solar System!

     Other: There will be no word study this week. Instead the children will participate in the class Spelling Bee! We will also focus on academic vocabulary this week.