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Mrs. McLeod's Homeroom Schedule

7:45-8:00 Social Studies/Social Skills

8:00-8:20 Explorer Time (Math)

8:20-9:20 Math
9:20-10:00 Science

10:00-10:30 Social Studies

10:30-11:20 Specials

11:20-11:55 Explorer Time (Reading)

12:03-12:33 Lunch

12:33-12:53 Recess

12:55-1:45 Reading

1:45-2:45 Writing/Word Study

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February News

Students will continue to master multiplication and division fact strategies. Students will know that data can be represented using a frequency table, dot plot, pictograph, and bar graph. Students will also be extending place value to 100,000 and revisiting personal financial literacy.

Students will learn that weather changes can be measured and recorded from day to day. They will have an understanding of different weather patterns and know they can be observed in different locations. There will be an understanding of the sun's heat energy continuously moving water through the water cycle.

The students will learn about life cycles and know that organisms undergo similar life processes and have structures that help them survive within their environment.

Social Studies 
Students will be introduced to budgets and be able to balance one. They will learn how businesses start in the free enterprise system, and learn about entrepreneurs in our economy.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

January News

This month students will continue to deepen their understanding of sorting and classifying 2-D and 3-D figures as well as connect area to multiplication. Students will continue to develop fraction number sense through concrete models, strip diagrams, number lines, and pictorial models as well as comparing fractions.

Students will know that organisms depend on living and nonliving things in their environment for survival. Students will investigate food chains and know that changes in an environment can affect whether organisms thrive, perish, or move to a new location.

Social Studies 
Students will begin learning about the Free Enterprise System, and be able to identify ways of earning, spending, saving, and donating money.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December News

Students will continue to work on problem solving using a variety of strategies for multiplication and division, and be able to explain which strategies they feel confident using.

Students will complete the unit on landforms, and be able to identify and compare different landforms including mountains, hills, valleys, and plains. Students will also be able to predict the changes to Earth's surface caused by volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and landslides.

Social Studies
Students will be finishing their unit on "Thinking like a Geographer." Students will be able to identify symbols on maps and interpret their meaning as well as be able to locate different landforms on a map.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November News

In math we will be focusing on division with the 2's, 4's, 10's, and 5's facts. We will also be going back to multiplication and investigating our 8's. We will continue to do problem solving on a daily basis.

In science, we will learn about the Earth's resources and ways they can be conserved. We will also learn how weathering of rock and the decomposition of plants and animals form soil.

Social Studies 
During the next few weeks students will learn about our United States government. Students will be able to identify local, state, and national government officials and explain how they are chosen. Students will be able to describe and explain the importance of the election process.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October News

This month in math, students will continue to review place value, and use number lines to compare and order numbers up to 9,999. Students will be working with math manipulatives to decompose and compose numbers in expanded and standard form. Students will also review rounding numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, and thousand by representing the numbers on a number line. We will also begin learning about perimeter, and be able to find the lengths of missing sides on polygons. 

Students will be working on classifying matter by its physical properties. We will also investigate how matter changes states and begin looking at mixtures.

Social Studies
This month students will continue to look at citizenship and those in history that have exemplified good citizenship. We will also begin looking at how our government is formed.

Monday, August 31, 2015

September News

This month students will be revisiting multiplication and discussing real-world examples. Students will be able to represent multiplication on a number line, an area model, repeated addition, an array, and as equal groups. Students will also be reviewing place value and working with numbers up to 1,200 by comparing and ordering numbers using base ten blocks, writing numbers in word form, and expanded notation.

Students will investigate forms of energy and their importance in everyday life. Students will also become more knowledgeable about safety procedures in the science lab and how to use tools appropriately. Students will also begin our unit on properties and states of matter.

Social Studies
Students will begin "Celebrate Freedom" week by answering the question "Who am I?" Students will look at the framers of the U.S. Constitution and how amendments were created as well as explore the Declaration of Independence.  

Friday, May 8, 2015

May/June News

In math we will be working on financial literacy. Students will learn about interest, saving, income, budget, etc. Then, we will be reviewing and expanding on multiplication and division strategies.

Students will learn about energy, force, and motion. Then we will be spending the remainder of the school year on the solar system.