What We Are Learning

 This page will be updated regularly to reflect the current units that we are studying in each subject!

 Language Arts


Spelling Focus: no spelling this week. 


Adjectives that compare (comparative and superlative)

Comprehension and Vocab

We are finishing the year with mini-lessons in various reading comprehension skills. 

We are reading novels in our Literature Circles.  Students are responsible for reading independently each day.  There is time to work in class, but if reading or jobs are not finished, they need to be done at home.  Please see the reading calendar in "Assignments" for a schedule of what chapters need to be read each day.  Lit Circle jobs are due each Thursday.

Lit Circle Final Projects (in class group assignment) are due on: 

Students are in groups reading novels at their reading level.  The novels we are currently reading are:  

Students will read chapters decided on by the group each night Monday through Thursday and will choose a new job each week that focuses on a different aspect of comprehension.  Jobs are:

  • Characterizer 
  • Connector
  • Inferencer
  • Predictor
  • Questioner
  • Quoter
  • Summarizer
  • Visualizer

Lit Circle jobs are due each Thursday.  

Vocabulary words will be chosen by the group each Monday, and will focus on words that the group feels they need to know to understand their novel that week.  


The Trimester 3 writing focus is informative writing.


Chapter 8/9 Math Project is due: Monday, May 20

Chapter 8 and 9 in math is Operations with Fractions

Students will be working with:

  • Factors and Multiples
  • Prime and Composite Numbers
  • Equivalent Fractions
  • Simplest Form
  • Compare and Order Fractions
  • Mixed Numbers
  • Improper Fractions
  • Add Like Fractions
  • Subtract Like Fractions
  • Add Mixed Numbers
  • Subtract Like Numbers
  • Multiply Fractions by Whole Numbers

Key Vocabulary in this chapter:
  • benchmark fractions
  • composite numbers
  • denominator
  • equivalent fractions
  • factor pairs
  • Greatest Common Factor (GCF)
  • Improper Fraction
  • Least Common Multiple (LCM)
  • Like fractions
  • mixed number
  • numerator
  • prime number
  • simplest form

Social Studies

Native Californians 

We will be learning about:

  • Cultural Anthropology and unbiased study of cultures
  • Tribes of the Pacific North Coast
  • Tribes of the Desert
  • Tribes of the Central Valley and Mountain Region
  • Tribes of the Southern Pacific Coast
  • California Features


The Birth of Rocks

We will be learning about:

  • Where are volcanoes located?
  • Why do some volcanoes explode?
  • Will a mountain last forever?
  • How could you survive a landslide?


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