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MARCH

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Language Arts

We are finishing up our Novel and Character Studies this week with
our paper bag presentations. I can’t wait to see the students dressed
up as their favourite characters. The focus is to connect objects with
the character and novel and to show understanding of the text
through oral communication. Swim To
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We will continue our studies on folk tale and fairy tales in reading. Our Friday, March 1st
main focus will be on pourquoi tales from different cultures and
countries (African, First Nations, Asia, etc.). We will be writing our Friday, March 8th
own pourquoi tales later in the months (nonfiction writing).

Writing

 We are studying descriptive writing and imagery in writing this


month. Our write trait focus has moved from voice to word Our first lesson at the
choice. Word Choice is the vocabulary a writer chooses to convey
meaning. We will be learning about similes and metaphors, which Essex Recreational
are ways to convey imagery in writing.
 A simile is a figure of speech that makes a comparison,
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showing similarities between two different things with the help of success. The instructors
the words “like” or “as.” For example, “He is as tall as a giraffe!”
 A metaphor is a figure of speech that is used to make a comparison said the children were
between two things that aren't alike but do have something in common.
For example, “Her tears were a river flowing down her cheeks.” well behaved and
awesome listeners.
Word Choice is the use of rich, colorful, precise language Malden Rocks!
that communicates, moves and enlightens the reader. In
descriptive writing, strong Word Choice resulting in
imagery, especially sensory, clarifies and expands Ideas.
(sight, taste, smell, touch, sound, similes, metaphors, adjectives)
Math
Multiplication and Division
This is what we are learning in math this month.

-relate multiplication of one-digit numbers and -estimate, measure, and record the perimeter of
division by one-digit divisors to real llife situations, two-dimensional shapes, through investigation
using a variety of tools and strategies (e.g., place using standard units (Sample problem: Estimate,
objects in equal groups, use arrays, write repeated measure, and record the perimeter of your
addition or subtraction sentences) (Sample notebook.);
problem: Give a real-life example of when you might
need to know that 3 groups of 2 is 3 x 2.); – estimate, measure (i.e., using centimetre grid
paper, arrays), and record area (e.g., if a row of 10
– multiply to 7 x 7 and divide to 49 ÷ 7, using a connecting cubes is approximately the width of a
variety of mental strategies (e.g., doubles, doubles book, skip counting down the cover of the book
plus another set, skip counting). with the row of cubes [i.e., counting 10, 20, 30, ...]
is one way to determine the area of the book
Measurement cover);

-estimate, measure, and record length, height, and


distance, using standard units (i.e., centimetre,
metre, kilometre) (Sample problem: While walking
with your class, stop when you think you have
travelled one kilometre.); – draw items using a ruler,
given specific lengths in centimetres (Sample
problem: Draw a pencil that is 5 cm long);

Science
Forces in Motion

We continue to learn about the forces in


motion. In the second half of our unit, we
will be learning the difference between
contact and noncontact forces and the
forces in nature. We will also begin to
start growing seeds for our garden.