Daily Learning Activities

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    Day 2 - March 18, 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 second 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, please 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, & Informative Writing  

    Estimated Time- 60 minutes 

    Explanation- In class and for homework, we practice the weekly spelling list and spelling skill. We also regularly practice editing our writing (checking for correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, etc.).  Students have been researching informative writing topics of their choice in class.  Students have used iPads and laptops to find this information.  When doing our informative writing unit, students have learned how to think of appropriate headings for their topic, and have then gone through the writing process to draft, edit, revise, and publish their writing pieces. 

    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. A heading for an informative writing paper should be broad enough that students can find a few pieces of information about it.  The headings should relate to the main topic of research. 

    Tasks- Using your spelling book, complete Practice Activity B and the Word Work sections for this week’s words (this is what is usually assigned as homework each week).  Spelling should take about 10 minutes.  Use the "Daily Language Review" Grammar packet, and complete the second page (labeled Wednesday 1 & Thursday 1).  Grammar should take about 10 minutes. Pick a topic to research for an informative writing paper.  A good topic might be an animal you are interested in, a country you want to learn more about, or a sport you are interested in.  Think about your 3 headings and write them on the Informative writing research paper (you can leave the fourth column blank at this time).  This paper has columns for headings, and then blank boxes below.  When you have chosen your headings, you can start researching about your topic.  Record your research in the correct column.  Please use the link below to access search engines from our school library.  Pebble Go, World Book Kids and World Book Student are great places to start!  Writing and research should take about 40 minutes. 

    Materials/Activities- Spelling book (if you have it at home), spelling list (found on teacher website), “Headings” column/research chart, Elementary CBSD Library Resources Link: https://www.cbsd.org/Page/990 



    Overview- Comparing and Rounding Numbers & Multiplication Practice  

    Estimated Time- 60 minutes 

    Explanation- At the beginning of the year, we learned how to compare whole numbers, and how to order them from least to greatest.  Students also learned how to round numbers to the nearest place value (i.e. thousands, hundreds, etc.).  Students also learned how to multiply a 2-digit number times a 2-digit number.  

    Three Quick Things to Know- 

    1.When you compare numbers, begin looking at the largest place value first.

    2. When you round a number, underline the digit you are rounding to, and look to the digit to the right to determine if you round up or keep the number the same.  Remember, 5 and above- give it a shove (round up!)... 4 and below- let it go (keep it the same)!  

    3. Learning videos for all of today’s skills can be found under materials/links below. 

    Tasks- Review how to compare and round numbers by completing the second page in the review packet.  It is titled “Comparing and Rounding Numbers”.  Then, in the Multiplication and Division packet, complete the page titled “Multiplication” 2-digit by 2-digit.  Lastly, if you have time, play a game... Top it! - Use a deck of playing cards or make your own cards with digits 1-9.  Each player turns over 4, 5, or 6 cards and creates a 4, 5, or 6-digit number. Make sure all players use the same number of digits. Each player says their number out loud. The player with the largest value gets the cards (or gets a point). To earn the point the player must explain why their number has the largest value.

    Materials/Activities/Links- You will need the math review packet ("Comparing and Rounding Numbers" page).  Students will also need the multiplication/division packet.  

    Comparing numbers video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qisu9NF1_0 

    Rounding numbers video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNfz-JU2cKE 

    Multiplying 2-digit numbers video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkUUNo90eSE 


    Social Studies:

    Overview- Regions of the United States 

    Estimated Time- 30-45 minutes 

    Explanation- In class, we will soon explore the Southwest and West regions of the U.S.  We will learn about important facts, vocabulary, and places in each of these regions and their states.  When we visited the Northeast, we talked about Pennsylvania.  We will also have a more in depth unit on PA at the end of the year! 

    Three Quick Things to Know-  

    1.The Southwest region of the U.S. has 4 states in it.  We will soon explore this region!  Some key places to visit in this region are Texas and Arizona!  

    2. The West region of the U.S. has 11 states in it.  We will soon explore this region! Some key places to visit in this region are California, Hawaii, and Alaska.

    3. Pennsylvania is an amazing state- mainly because we live here!  We discussed Pennsylvania briefly when we visited the Northeast region as a class.  Some key places here are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Gettysburg.  We will also learn about Hershey, Doylestown, Valley Forge.     

    Tasks- Use the "Regions of the U.S." booklet to complete the pages on the Southwest and the West regions of the United States.  For these 2 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.  In the “50 States Acrostic Poems” booklet, please write an acrostic poem about Pennsylvania (do you best to complete a word for each letter - if you are missing some that is fine as well!)

    Materials/Activities/Links- You will need the "U.S.A. Regions Project" booklet to complete this activity.  You will also need the “50 States Acrostic Poems” booklet for today’s activity.  Please use the learning video found here to access information about Pennsylvania: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlFS5ffgKKQ 


    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.