Weekly Learning Targets


Our focus question in reading was, What do good citizens do? We read biographies about Jimmy Carter and Dolores Huerta to understand this theme. Both stories resonated with the class as they could relate to helping others. This also went hand in hand with our SEL service project from the prior week. 

Besides learning about biographies, we also focused on the prefix un- and suffix -ly. Students can determine the meaning of an unfamiliar word with a prefix and suffix by identifying the base word. 


"What is the best part of you?" children were asked this question in the book The Best Part of Me by photographer Wendy Ewald. The students and photographer collaborated to create a book emphasizing the importance of a positive self-image. 


This text has been our inspiration throughout the week as we began writing on this topic. As a class, we brainstormed physical features we like about ourselves with supporting reasons. Next, the kids selected one physical feature to describe and create a descriptive story. We began writing introductions and then moved into the writing process. The kids are working on applying some of the concepts we have been focusing on with our mentor sentence into their writing. Hopefully, they will complete the publishing process this week.  


We continued to work through different units while preparing and taking CMAS. However, we did not test over these units due to CMAS, so we will likely take two math tests in the coming weeks. 

This week, we began learning about perimeter. The perimeter refers to the distance around a figure that can be measured in centimeters (cm), inches (in.), meters (m), and feet (ft.) To find the perimeter, you measure the length of each side of the figure and add the lengths together. There are several ways to determine the perimeter for the figure below. Count each line (unit) or add each side, start at the top left-hand corner, and go around clockwise. The problem would look like this: 3+3+1+1+1+1+1+3= 14 inches. 


We can also use multiplication if it is a quadrilateral and the opposite sides are equal in length.  


The kids are wrapping up their study on endangered animals. Most have created two pages to add to a class book we will be making and sharing in the library to educate other students in our school. 


As humans, we all want to be part of a group or a community. Whether we know it or not, groups naturally put pressure on members. Peer pressure can be a mighty force in our lives. Peer pressure can be positive and negative. For example, if a teammate or classmate encourages you to keep working hard and try your best, that would be an example of positive pressure. They have your best interest in mind. However, if a friend pressures you to tease or exclude someone,  that would be an example of negative peer pressure. The friend is encouraging you to do something you are not comfortable doing. Having an awareness of people's intentions can help us navigate complex situations.