Daily Learning Activities

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    Day 1 - March 17, 2020


    Overview- Non-fiction Reading

    Estimated Time- 45-60 minutes

    Explanation- In class, we have learned to use non-fiction text features to understand a text.  While you are reading, take notice of the headings, photographs, bold words, and captions.  Think about things you are wondering or curious about while you are reading.  Students spend time in class and at home reading independent books of their choice.  

    Three Quick Things to Know- 

    1. A caption is a text box that appears under a photograph to explain the photograph.

    2. A bold word is an important word in the text.  This vocabulary word will usually be defined in a Glossary, or in National Geographic, the "Word Wise" box.

    3. Good readers ask themselves questions while they are reading.  They also make connections to previously known material.  Take note of these while you are reading.

    Tasks- Take the included National Geographic from your Grab Bag, and read the first article.  As you read the article, complete a "Non-Fiction Read & Respond" page for the article you have chosen.  When the response page is completed, please put it in your "Completed Work" folder to turn in when you return to school.  When you have finished reading your National Geographic article, please read an independent book of your choice for the remaining time.  Take note of 2 interesting, unknown, or unique words while you read and write them in your personal dictionary.  If you do not have your personal dictionary at home, use a sticky note or a piece of scrap paper. 

    Materials/Activities- You will need the National Geographic magazine and the "Non-Fiction Read & Respond" to complete this.  You will also need an independent reading book of your choice and your personal words dictionary.



    Overview- Spelling, Grammar & Creative Writing

    Estimated Time- 40 minutes

    Explanation- In class, we review the weekly spelling list and spelling skill at the beginning of the week. We also regularly practice editing our writing (checking for correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, etc.).  Students also free write in their journals often.  Students are sometimes given a prompt, and are sometimes able to write about something of their choice.

    Three Quick Things to Know- 

    1. Using our weekly spelling pattern can help us be sure that words are spelled correctly. 

    2. When editing a sentence, there should be a capital letter at the beginning and correct punctuation at the end. 

    3. When writing in our journal or blank writing paper, students should focus on getting their ideas down on paper, and worry about revising/editing later.

    Tasks- Complete the pretest and Practice Activity A for Unit 25 in the spelling book.  Check the "Spelling" tab on my teacher website to view this week's words if you do not have your spelling book.  Spelling should take about 10 minutes.  Use the "Daily Language Review" Grammar packet, and complete the first page (labeled Monday 1 & Tuesday 1).  Grammar should take about 10 minutes.  Choose a creative writing topic from your grab bag instruction sheet, or free write about something of your choice on blank notebook paper.  Writing should take about 20 minutes.

    Materials/Activities- You will need your spelling book and this week's spelling words, Grammar packet, and blank notebook paper to complete this. 



    Overview- Place Value & Multiplication Practice 

    Estimated Time- 60 minutes

    Explanation- At the beginning of the year, we learned place value of numbers.  We learned how to write numbers in standard, word, and expanded form.  Students also learned how to multiply a 1-digit number times a 3-digit number.  

    Three Quick Things to Know- 

    1. Standard form is 634,903. 

    2. Word form is six hundred thirty-four thousand, nine hundred three. 

    3. Expanded form is 600,000+30,000+4,000+900+3.

    Tasks- Review place value by completing both sides of the "Place Value - Identifying Numbers" worksheet.  Complete the first page of the multiplication and division packet, titled "Multiplication" 3-digit by 1-digit.  Students should be practicing 3-digit times 1-digit multiplication problems.  Last, play a game! Use dice, number cards, or make up your own 5-digit numbers. Each partner creates a 5-digit number with cards and writes it in expanded form. Partner A shows Partner B the number (in expanded form) and Partner B writes the number in standard form. Partners switch. The partner with the larger number gets a point.

    Materials/Activities/Link: You will need the math review packet ("Place Value - Identifying Numbers" page).  Students will also need the multiplication/division packet.  If students need help remembering how to multiply multi-digit numbers, please watch the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFhVECegRqw


    Social Studies:

    Overview- Regions of the United States

    Estimated Time- 30-45 minutes

    Explanation- In class, we have visited the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest region of the United States.  We have learned about important facts, vocabulary, and places in each of these regions and their states.

    Three Quick Things to Know- 

    1. The Northeast region of the U.S. has 11 states in it.  When we learned about this region, some key places we visited were Philadelphia, Boston, and New York.

    2. The Southeast region of the U.S. has 12 states in it.  When we learned about this region, some key places we visited were the Everglades in Florida, New Orleans, Virginia, and North Carolina.

    3. The Midwest region of the U.S. has 12 states in it.  When we learned about this region, some key places we visited were The Mall of America, O'Hare International Airport, and The Gateway Arch.

    Tasks- Use the "Regions of the U.S." booklet to complete the pages on the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest regions of the United States.  For these 3 pages, you will need to look back at the "U.S.A. State Capitals" page and the "State Abbreviations" page at the beginning of the packet.  On the map on each page, students should write the state abbreviation next to the state name.  Where the state is listed on the bottom half of each page, students should write the state capital next to the state name.

    Materials/Activities- You will need the "U.S.A. Regions Project" booklet from the grab bag to complete this activity.


    Technology/Free Choice:

    Estimated Time- 30 minutes

    Tasks- Students may choose to go on Freckle math or EPIC! reading. Please refer to the Grab Bag instruction sheet for information on how to log on to/access these accounts.  Students can also use the Fact Fluency choice board to play a multiplication/division game or practice their fact fluency using one of the options on the board.  Students may also choose to free write or read an independent book of their choice. 

    Materials/Activities- Students will need a phone, tablet, laptop or computer to access EPIC! or Freckle.