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Reading: Questioning
Questions help students clarify and deepen their understanding of the text they are reading. They will learn to ask questions before, during and after reading. Learn to write and justify their answers that are posed through questions. Questioning is the strategy that keeps readers engaged.  When readers ask questions, they clarify understanding and forge ahead to make meaning.

Writing: Informational Writing
Students will demonstrate that they can write about a topic they already know. They will provide evidence of the following: Have an interesting beginning that sets the context for a topic. Have organizational structure that has a clear focus throughout the piece of writing. Students will include details and explanations that will help the reader understand their ideas clearly. Communicate big ideas, insights, theories that have been elaborated through facts, details, quotations, statistics and information. Use diagrams, charts or illustrations which are appropriate and that support the text. Have a conclusion or ending section that is logical and Include a glossary of related terms if needed. 

This unit focuses on understanding and extending knowledge of place value and the number system to 1,000, and adding and subtracting accurately and efficiently. Students use a place value context (the Sticker Station) to represent numbers as hundreds, tens, and ones, and find equivalent ways to use 100s, 10s, and 1s to represent a given number. They construct and locate numbers on a 1,000 Chart. They also develop strategies for adding and subtracting 2-digit and 3-digit numbers with sums and differences to 400. Students encounter a variety of different addition and subtraction problems types.

Science: Earth Materials-Rocks
For our rock unit students will be exploring solid materials from the earth, rocks and minerals.  The focus is taking materials apart to find what they are made of and putting materials together to better understand rock and their properties of the rock cycle. Students will:
  •   Use measuring tools to gather data about rocks.
  •   Collect and organize data about rocks.
  •   Use evaporation to investigate rock composition.
  •  Learn that rocks are composed of minerals and that minerals cannot be physically separated into other materials. 
  •  Compare their activities to the work of a geologist.
  •   Acquire vocabulary used in earth science.
  •  Exercise language and math skills in the context of science
  • Use scientific thinking processes to conduct investigations and build explanations; observing, communicating, comparing and organizing.