3rd Quarter Curriculum:
Math: Module 5: Fraction Equivalence, Ordering, and Operations
In this 40-day module, students build on their Grade 3 work with unit fractions as they explore fraction equivalence and extend this understanding to mixed numbers. This leads to the comparison of fractions and mixed numbers and the representation of both in a variety of models. Benchmark fractions play an important part in students’ ability to generalize and reason about relative fraction and mixed number sizes. Students then have the opportunity to apply what they know to be true for whole number operations to the new concepts of fraction and mixed number operations.
Science: Waves of Sound
Sound, Waves, & Communication
This unit helps students develop the idea that sound is an actual thing, a wave of vibrations traveling through the air. Equipped with this understanding, students can begin to make sense of how sound and music work
Social Studies- The Midwest and Southeast Regions
We will study the Midwest and Southeast regions of the United States. Students will learn the states and capitals of these regions as well as important features and industries. Students will be quizzed on labeling a map with the names of the states and their matching capital cities at the end of the unit.
Our theme for the third quarter is “Perseverance”. We will analyze how characters and people show perseverance in times and events of adversity across nonfiction and fiction texts. Our common novel will be Bud, Not Buddy. An exciting part of the third quarter will be our second round of Book Clubs. Students will have an opportunity to choose their second novel for the quarter and discuss these novels in small groups. We will build our conversation skills and learn how to be a strong member of a book club community.
In writing, we will be writing different styles of narrative. Students will learn how to read a text and write from different points of view as well as continuing a story in a way that makes sense.
We will be focusing on the following skills for ELA this quarter:
Literature: making inferences while quoting details from the text, using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases, reading a text to summarize and determine the theme of a story, and lastly analyzing the point of view included first person and third person.
Information: making inferences while quoting details from the text, determining the main idea and details while writing a summary, choosing the best summary from a group of summaries, analyzing the meaning of unknown words and phrases in nonfiction text, and lastly, analyzing an author’s reasons and evidence for writing a nonfiction piece.
In word study, we will continue to learn and study Greek and Latin roots.
ERIN'S LAW: Governor Pat Quinn signed Erin's Law in January of 2013, which requires all schools in the state of Illinois to provide age appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education programs for students in grades Pre-K through 12. Our lessons for 5th grade students will begin the week of January 18th, 4th grade students will begin the week of January 25th, and 3rd grade students will begin the week of February 1st. The Chelsea Intermediate School Social Workers will be teaching each lesson in the child’s classroom. The "Think First and Stay Safe" program will be the curriculum utilized for these lessons with a focus on Child Lures.