The entire year of what we are learning is laid out below. You can track us by month, and subject. Projects will be posted with the calendar of events, by clicking Mrs. Hunter's Calendar. The curriculum schedule is laid out be AISD.
Language Arts: We will begin by studying the genres of literature including: Fiction, Drama, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Procedural texts. We will read a selection from each, and analyse their structures.
Social Studies: The year long theme is "Community." We begin by examining the organization, jobs, and freedoms that make up a community.
Science: Science this year is based around the process of "Inquiry." We will explore "testable questions" and the scientific process as we learn about "Inquiry Based Learning."
Math: We begin reading, writing, comparing and ordering numbers up to 999,999. We end the month adding, subtracting, and solving multi-step problems.
Language Arts: We continue our genre study to the final form of literature, persuasion, then review and compare all the forms. We move into media literacy.
Social Studies: Our community study moves into mapping skills and our physical environment.
Science: We delve into the States of matter, including solids, liquids and gases, heating and cooling, mixtures and solutions. We will conclude this unit by making pancakes in class.
Math: We discover the foundations of multiplication and division. This will be when math facts become extremely important.
Language Arts: We will be writing to respond to the various genres of literature. We study the folktale "Stone Soup," by reading various versions from cultures around the world.
Social Studies: In conjunction with "Stone Soup," we will be studying the unique traditions that unite people in communities. We also study continents of the world, oceans, and longitude and latitude. This unit concludes with cooking a pot of "Stone Soup."
Science: We will be studying energy, forces and work, and the water cycle.
Math: We will be solving problems with multiplication and division, then we will problem solve using all operations, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
December is a short month, therefore, our units of study are cross curricular. We study "Holidays Around the World." We also study the book, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson. Math curriculum consists of reviewing skills learned this this semester, with a holiday twist. We make presents for our family, and our Holiday party is the last Thursday before Christmas break.
Language Arts: This month we will focus on the author's craft. This includes point of view, similes and metaphors (comparison to create imagery), and how the style of writing is different in various genres of literature.
Social Studies: We will be examining landforms of the Earth and how they change over time.
Science: Our class will be exploring the universe! In accordance to the new requirements of the OHE Science Fair, students, assigned to groups, will utilize the scientific method to research an element of the universe. Projects will be completed in class. The OHE Science fair at the end of Jan.
Math: Our unit of study begins this semester with fractions. We examine parts of a whole, parts of a set, unit fractions, sum of unit fractions, and equivalent fractions.
Language Arts: We will spend the first half of the month studying elements of in- depth comprehension. This includes dictionary skills and context clues to discover the meaning of words. The difference between main Idea and theme. How an authors use various text features support information in an article or story. The second half of the month, we begin our biography project.
Social Studies: Students learn how timelines establish a sequence of events. Students will be assigned a famous, historical person to study. Historical figures are assigned on a first come first serve basis. I would like historical figures to be selected/ assigned by Friday, February 26th. Students will be reading a biography book (not internet articles) about that person's life. The actual reading of the biography will constitute reading homework.
Science: Students will investigate the rock cycle, specifically, how the rock cycle is connected to the layers of the Earth. We closely examine attributes of each classification of rock, and the scientific terms for how minerals evolve, through each part of the rock cycle.
Math: Our class analyzes geometric concepts. Students learn mathematical definitions for common shapes. We learn to calculate area and perimeter. Students are challenged to learn area and perimeter of irregular polygons, comprised of two rectangles.
Language Arts: We learn the difference between a character trait, and a physical trait. Our class will analyze how an author employs inferencing skills to create character traits.
Social Studies: We complete our biography project in class. The grand finale is a "Living Wax Museum." Students come to school dressed as the famous person they have been studying. Parents are encouraged to come see this wonderful project. It will be the last Friday before Spring Break. It is truly a wonder to see, the kids are amazing every year!
Math: This is a month of data collection. We learn to create, read, and analyze bar graphs, line graphs, pictographs, and dot plots.