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Reading and Writing

  • Readers/Writers Workshop consists of a Mini-lesson, Independent Reading/Writing Time, and Sharing Time.

    • Mini-lessons are based on some aspect of literature and a reading/writing strategy.

    • During Independent Reading Time, students jot and keep a journal to respond to the literature; making connections, and thinking deeply about how they feel while reading text.

    • During Independent Writing Time, students keep a Writer's Notebook, which is personalized and treasured, to store memories, things close to their heart's, stories and story ideas and simple practice the writing skill taught during the mini-lesson.

      • During Independent Reading/Writing Time, I am conferencing with students individually or in groups. I will also hold guided reading with groups with students who need additional support.

    • During Sharing Time, students will have the opportunity to share with another student or class, their journal entries or anything they wrote from the independent time, while receiving some possible feedback.



  • Each lesson consists of an introductory mini-lesson, a practice activity, a differentiated activity during independent work, small group instruction, and a quick check assessment.

  • During independent work time students will work on the, the daily common core review, complete practice problems with a partner or teacher, or work with technology.

  • Topics covered over the year include:

    • Multiplication, Division and Addition/Subtraction Review

    • Division, Area, Perimeter, Time

    • Fractions as Numbers and Measurement

    • Representing Data



  • We will be conducting several investigations which are all aligned to a topic, performance expectations, science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts.

  • Topics covered this year include:

    • Plant Life Cycle & Heredity

    • Animal Survival & Heredity

    • Weather & Climate

    • Forces, Motion, & Magnets.

  • Some fun investigations include:

    • Why are some apples red and some green?

    • Can you outrun a dinosaur?

    • Where can you find whales in a desert?

    • How could you unlock a door using a magnet?

    • How can you keep a house from blowing away in a windstorm?


Social Studies

  • Topics covered this year include:

    • What goes into running a community and how people work together to accomplish goals, make government decisions, and improve the local environment.

    • Basic physical features of the Earth and the United States. Discover what basic resources come from the Earth and how we benefit from them. Recognize the importance of technology and transportation and how it is shaping the Earth.  

    • The importance money plays in our daily lives. Different ways people can earn money to support themselves and their families, and how it is used to meet our needs and wants.  

    • The importance of various individuals and events in the shaping of the United States. Identify historical figures such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ben Franklin, and Martin Luther King Jr. and the impact they have on our lives today.

    • How to become accountable students and community members through active participation in civically minded activities. Learn to recognize varying perspectives and cultures, learn to appreciate and respect others’ beliefs and solve problems effectively and maturely.