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    Day 5- Tuesday, March 24th



    Overview- Fiction Reading  

    Estimated Time- 45 minutes 

    Explanation- In class, we have discussed many reading concepts and skills.  Today, we will be focusing on theme!  We discussed theme when we read “Stone Fox” and “Glory Be.”  Students thought about what the lesson or moral of the story was.  

    Three Quick Things to Know-  

    1. A story’s theme is the lesson or moral of the story.  Themes can be written in a few quick words.  Think about a bumper sticker slogan.  “Be kind to others” or “Treat others how you want to be treated”. 
    1. Looking at character’s actions or words can help us determine the theme. 
    1. A story may have more than 1 theme – there can be many that are correct! 


    Tasks-Review the meaning of “theme” in books and stories!  To help with this, watch Tim & Moby discuss theme in the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RecVd-6g-IY 

    Then, visit the following page:https://www.tes.com/lessons/VTgiIHcPJzWJAQ/theme-pixar-short-films 

    From here, please choose 1 Pixar short film to watch.  As you watch, think about the theme of the short story.  What are the characters doing?  What does the author, or creator, of the video want you to learn by the end of it?  After you have finished, please complete the following handout to describe the theme of the short story you watched. For the “Big Idea/Topic” section, write what the short story was mostly about.  What was happening in the story?  Then, describe specifically what the characters were doing in the short film.  Finally, write your “bumper sticker” or short theme that you took away from the story- this can just be a few words!  If you would like to, you may watch as many of these short films as you would like!  

    Materials/Activities- You will need your iPad, laptop, or tablet to view the videos to complete this.  You will also need the “Theme” Graphic Organizer PDF found here  If you do not have a printer, please just write your notes on a scrap piece of paper.  



    Overview – This week we will be focusing on the Theme “Kindness” with our writing.  Today we will focus on friendly letter writing. 

    Estimated time:  25 minutes 

    Explanation:  Today you will be kind by brainstorming ideas and drafting a friendly letter to a family member, a neighbor, or someone who is special to you.  This could also be a person that is in an assisted living facility and can’t have visitors at this time.  If you are writing to a person in an assisted living facility please remember to not give out personal information about yourself.  (Do not include your last name for example or home address.) 

    Three things to know:  

    1. A friendly letter has 5 parts:  the heading (date), greeting (Dear Uncle John), body (what you will say), closing (Sincerely), and your signature.
    2. Good writers brainstorm their ideas before they start to write. Use a graphic organizer to help you brainstorm. 

    3.When writing it is always good to first get your ideas down on paper and worry about revising and editing letter. 


    Find a piece of notebook paper to brainstorm your ideas.  Think about making a graphic organizer of some sort.  Here are some ideas to help get you started: 

    • Ask how this person is doing. 
    • Tell them what you have been doing at home. 
    • Talk about some of your favorite activities.  
    • Something you are looking forward to. 

    Once, you have your ideas about what you will be including in your friendly letter, start writing your rough draft on a new piece of notebook paper.   


    Materials/Activities/Link:  You will need notebook paper to complete this activity.  Save your rough draft from today, you will need it for tomorrow 



    Overview- Multiplying Multi-Digit Numbers  

    Estimated Time- 30 minutes 

    Explanation: You can use what you know about place value to help you multiply multi-digit numbers.  

    Three quick things to know:  

    1. When multiplying a single digit number by a multi digit number, make sure to line up your place values.
    2. Always start on the far right! Multiply the single digit by the digit in the ones place. Then move to the next place value to the left, until you have multiplied each digit in the larger number by the single digit.

    3.Make sure you are carrying and regrouping when necessary. 

    TasksClick on the PDF link below to access your “Multiplication with Regrouping” practice. If you are not able to print the page, please rewrite and complete the problems on scrap paper. If you are not sure how to answer a question, write a question mark.

    OPTIONAL:  your “Division of the Day” packet and complete page 2, which is 749 divided by 3. In the box that says “Label It”, please label which number is the dividend and which number is the divisor! In the box that says “Solve It”, please use long division to find the quotient.  

    Materials/Activities: You will need to access the PDF link below for your “Multiplication with Regrouping” practice. You will also need the “Division of the Day” packet (page 2). Students will also need their “Fact Practice Menu”. Please reference the video below for review on multiplying multi-digit numbers! 

    Click here :  Multiplication/Division PDF.


    Multiplying Multi-Digit Numbers Review Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ5qLWP3Fqo 



    Overview:  This week you are going to observe and collect data on our weather!  Attached is your Weather Journal for you to use to record our areas daily weather. It starts on Monday, if you recall the weather from yesterday, you can fill that day in, if not, just start on Tuesday.  

    Estimated time:  20 minutes 

    Three things to know: 

    1. What are the areas of the water cycle, and what happens at each area, remember the water cycle song. 
    1. Scientists make observations by using all their senses. Each day you will be using these to really investigate what is happening outside. Take note of climate, temperature, precipitation etc. 
    1. Recall vocabulary like Fahrenheitscale of temperature that we use here in the United States water freezes at 32’ and boils at 212’ F. Another scale of temperature is Celsius, water freezes at 0’ and boils at 100’ C. This scale is used in other parts of the world. Watch the Brainpop on temperature, you can play the game or take the quiz if you’d like 😊  


    Tasks:  Record your observations in your weather journal. There are pages in the journal for Monday to Friday, you can skip Monday or record what you remember from yesterday. Check the temperature through a weather app, or through your local weather channel, and record the temperature on the thermometer.  Circle on the water cycle diagram to show where you think water is located that day. Illustrate a picture capturing a scene from outside your window to show a visual of our weather that day! 

    Materials/Activities:  You will need a copy of the attached Weather Journal or you may make your own from any journal pages or scrap paper. An Ipad, laptop, or tablet to view videos.  Click here for The Weather Journal PDF.

    View https://jr.brainpop.com/science/weather/temperature/ 

    Username: simonbutlerel 

    Password: brainpop