March Learning Objectives
This month students will be studying the text features of non-fiction books as well as write about facts they learned from the non-fiction texts they read. Students will be working on reading skills such as comparing and contrasting, cause and effect, and summarizing/ determining the main idea and supporting details as they read non-fiction texts.
Students will be working on writing informational essays. Students are working on writing How-to instructional essays to teach others how to do something. Later on in March, students will conduct a research project about an animal of their choice and create a non-fiction book to teach about their animal. Other important skills we will be working on include: ABC order, dictionary skills, and reading diagrams and charts.
Currently we are learning about Famous Americans. Students are learning about the lives and contributions of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther King Jr. When we finish our Famous Americans unit we will begin to study Geography. Students will work on reading neighborhood maps, a map of the USA, and a map of the Earth. Students will have to identify and locate the following: James River, Mississippi River, Rio Grande River, Rocky Mountains, Appalachian Mountains, the Great Lakes, the 7 continents, and the 5 oceans.
In math this month, we will continue Unit 6: Patterns. Students will explore repeating patterns as well as growing patterns. We will re-visit skip counting number patterns to complete growing number patterns and work with picture patterns to determine the next shape/picture in repeating patterns. Students will also work on missing addend equations to determine a growing pattern in input and output charts. During the second half of March, students will begin Unit 7: Number Sense and Computation 4. We will be working on 2-digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping, 3-digit place value, and counting money up to $2.00.