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Mrs. Moreau's Grade 3/4 Class 

Week of January 20-24, 2020


Important Dates:

January 31 - P.A. Day


Language Arts

Reader's Workshop: 

This week, students will focus on rhyme and rhythm as they explore a variety of poems. Students will also learn how to “read between the lines” to make inferences about the poems they read.


Daily 5: As part of our Daily 5 rotations, students will participate in five independent activities over the course of the week: Read to Self, Read with Someone, Word Work, Listen to Reading, and Work on Writing. Students will also meet with a teacher several times each week for Guided Reading.


Word Work/Grammar: Students will learn where to place quotation makes and how to identify different tag lines when reading and writing dialogue. 


Spelling: A new Spelling list will be sent home in students’ agendas on Monday, January 20th. We will use a variety of learning activities at school to review the different spelling words, however, additional practice at home is recommended. For homework, students are to choose as many activities as they need to master this week’s list using Spelling Menu sent home earlier in the year. Students must make sure their Spelling words are spelled correctly when completing their homework. Students will be tested on their Spelling words every Friday.


Grade 3 List – awful, called, falling, mall, small, straw, drawing, strongest, longer, song, along, bought, brought, rough, tough.

 

Grade 4 List – anyone, however, everything, himself, birthday, herself, somewhere, afternoon, chalkboard, daydream, downstairs, grandparents, breakfast, outfield, scarecrow, nobody, dragonfly, keyboard.


Writing: This week, students will write simple rhyming couplets, cinquains, diamante and haiku poems. 


Math

Students will write their Data Management unit test this Wednesday. Grade 3 students will be asked to read and respond to tally charts, pictographs and bar graphs. Students will determine the mode from a set of data. Students will also create a bar graph when provided with a set of data. Grade 4 students will be asked to read and respond to tally charts, pictographs, bar graphs and stem and leaf plots. Students will determine the range, median and mode from a set of data. Students will also create both a bar graph  and stem and leaf plot when provided with a set of data.


This week, our geometry lessons will focus on identifying and describing quadrilaterals, identifying  and describing angles and determining congruent figures.


Social Studies (continued from previous week): 

Grade 3 students will be asked to design a jersey for the Hudson Bay Lowlands region, the Canadian Shield region, and the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Lowlands region. Students will come up with a team name for each region and will make design choices to represent at least four of the following six categories: landform features, climate, animal life, vegetation, natural resources and jobs. Students will then complete a short write up to explain how their design represents each region.


Grade 4 students will be asked to design a jersey for three of the physical regions studied (the Cordillera, Arctic, Canadian Shield, Interior Plains, Hudson Bay Lowlands, Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Lowlands and the Appalachian Region). Students will complete a write up that explains how the jerseys represents each region.


Physical Education: This week, students will participate in a variety of fitness activities designed to strengthen our muscles and improve our cardiovascular health.

Religion and Family Life: This week, we begin our unit on “Growing in Commitment.” During this unit, we will learn more about the commitments that all families have, and how important it is for people to keep their commitments. Students will discover that we have to think before we make a decision. They will learn how to analyze a situation involving a decision, and identify people can help them when they are making decisions.

Music: This week we continue our study of pitch as we focus on the C Major scale and use Solfege symbols to play with notes. The hand-signs are used to show the pitch of the tones of a tune without sheet music (they are very useful for learning a melody or just for training intervals and scales). They Solfege symbols are associated to the relative note-names (do re mi).