Students are finishing up their first unit about “Becoming Researchers”

**Anchor Text** *Tarantula Scientis*t, Sam Marshall, by Sy Montgomery.

Students have learned about how to observe the world around them as researchers by identifying and discussing the text. Students have learned about the Author’s Purpose and organizing key ideas and details from the text.

We will be moving on to our next Unit, students will still be researchers and will be able to compare and gather ideas from multiple sources in informational texts.

The **Anchor Text** is *Skeletons Inside and Out* by Claire Daniel

Students will be able to read information presented in different ways and from different sources to demonstrate an understanding of the the topic. When they are reading they will work on summarizing ideas from the text and from the supporting visuals to understand the text.

Vocabulary

**framework**– a skeletal structure designed to support or enclose something.

**hinge-** a natural anatomical joint at which motion occurs around a transverse axis, as that of the knee or a bivalve shell.

**fossils-** any remains, impression, or trace of a living thing of a former geologic age, as a skeleton, footprint

**detach-** to unfasten and separate; disengage; disunite.

**tissue-** Biology. an aggregate of similar cells and cell products forming a definite kind of structural material with a specific function, in a multi-cellular organism.

Common Core English Language Arts Learning Standards:

**R.I.4.4** Determine the meaning of and use academic and domain-specific words in a text

**R.I.4.2** Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details in the text.

*Ask your child who they researched! *

Students are finishing their writing piece and are publishing their Informative Biographical Essay about a Scientist or Inventor. Students conducted an investigative project on a scientist/researcher who has made a difference in the world. Students used effective research techniques and conducted internet research to find articles about the scientist’s work.

We will now be moving on our 2nd unit.

Students will compose research based on questions about the information they are reading. Writers will use organizational structures, specific word choice and evidence when explaining a topic.

Students will select an animal of their choice and conduct a short investigative project and explain their info-graphic structure.

Help out your child by letting them research the animal they wish to choose for their writing project.

Common Core English Language Arts Learning Standards

**W.4.2**. Write informative/explanatory text to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

**Go Math Chapter 2 Multiply by 1-Digit**

Dear Family,

During the next few weeks, we will be learning about multiplying by 1-digit whole numbers. We will investigate strategies for multiplying 2-, 3-, and 4-digit numbers by the numbers 2–9. You can expect to see homework that provides practice with multiplication by 1-digit numbers. Here is a **sample** of how your child will be taught to multiply by a 1-digit number using **Partial Products method** and the **Area model**. **Partial Products** is a method of multiplying in which the ones, tens, hundreds, and so on are multiplied separately and then the products are added together

Students will also** ****multiply using the distributive property** (*the ***Distributive Property** states that multiplying a sum by a number is the same as multiplying each addend by the number and then adding the products). Parents, make sure your children are showing their mathematical thinking by **showing their work**** **in their assignments. Students should also study basic multiplication facts to build computational fluency. Multiplication.com is a great site to take quizzes and play multiplication games.

Here’s a great instructional video on how to multiply by applying the Distributive Property using an **area model** strategy – CLICK HERE.

Parents and students can always access GO Math resources through your student’s Think Central account-CLICK HERE.

The Common Core Math Learning Standard being covered is:

4.NBT.B.5

Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.