Weekly Learning Targets

Reading

In reading this past week, our focus question was, What are different kinds of energy? We read an argumentative text, “ Here Comes Solar Power,” in which the reading skills of asking and answering questions was the focus. This is a great skill to work on with your child at home this summer as it encourages strong comprehension skills and applying what was read to think more critically about the information. 


The following types of questions were discussed. 

Green Questions: I can GO directly to the text and find the answer. Examples of questions include: who, what, where, when, why, and how.

Yellow questions: The answer can be found in many places. I need to SLOW DOWN and look carefully for the answer. Example questions: compare or contrast, cause and effect

Red questions: The answer CAN’T be found directly in the text. I must stop and think about what I’ve read to help me answer the question. Example questions: I wonder why…, why do you think…, what if…, how could….


Writing

Have you ever really studied a wordless picture book? The illustrations are filled with incredible detail intended to convey the message of the illustrator and author intended to include to convey their message. 


This week, the kids carefully looked at eight different wordless books. Next, they selected three of the books they were interested in narrating. Groups were then created, and the kids began independently planning their story, which assists students in thinking before writing about the hook, characters and setting, problem, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. 

Fundations
In unit 7, we continued to pluralize words ending in -y. We discussed how a word ending in -y after a consonant in an open syllable and you must change the y to i and add -es—for example, family=families. The suffix -es makes the /z/ sound. Besides pluralizing words ending in y, we also discussed how to pluralize words ending in an open syllable. For example, potato=poatatoes. 

Math

This week, we focused on capacity and mass in math. We began by estimating a container's liquid volume using standard units. Then, we began estimating the mass of an object in metric units. We will be testing on Tuesday. 


Science

This week, the kids became game designers for the show Minute To Win It. They were on a hypothetical quest to create new games for their upcoming show. They were instructed to demonstrate how objects interact with other objects through force, impact, properties, motion, relationships, constants, variables, and distance traveled.  Also, they were asked to address how variables and/or obstacles can change the moving object's speed, direction, and outcome. Besides the game's construction, each group had to communicate how the game works by describing the force and motion of objects and any variables in the game. We will play the games on Friday.