Quarter 4 Curriculum Overview

Reading

This quarter, we are reading folktales and myths, many of which contain a trickster and a gullible character. Later, we will read articles with a sequential text structure. We’ll complete the year by reading about historical events from different perspectives.

Ask your child: “What makes someone gullible?”

Writing

We are currently writing opinion essays. Then we will review all the writing genres we’ve studied this year.

Ask your child: “How is an opinion essay similar to an informative essay? How is it different?”

Math

We’re beginning the quarter studying perimeter and area. Next, we will create and interpret line plots. Our last unit of the year will be on converting different units of measurement.

Ask your child: “What is the formula for finding the perimeter of a rectangle? What is the formula for finding the area of a rectangle?”

Social Studies

Our first social studies unit is on missions and ranchos. Later in the quarter, we will study the California Gold Rush.

Science

Our final science unit will be on fast and slow changes to Earth’s surface, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and weathering.

Quarter 3 Curriculum Overview

Reading

We are currently reading and analyzing news articles and letters to the editor. There is a focus on finding evidence to support points the author is making. Later this quarter, we will switch to fictional texts. We will be reading folktales, fables, and myths. The focus will be on making inferences and determining the theme.

Math

We have spent a couple of months learning about fractions. Our next unit is on the relationship between fractions and decimals. Have your child look for examples of decimals the next time you go shopping! After decimals, we will study geometry, including measuring angles with a protractor.

Writing

Students are currently finishing up a research report. After that, we will begin opinion writing.

Social Studies

We are completing a unit on European explorers who came to California. At the end of the quarter, we will learn about missions.

Science

Our science unit this quarter will be all about energy. Students will study potential and kinetic energy, and they will learn how energy can change from one form into another, such as mechanical energy becoming heat energy.

Kids Heart Challenge

Dear Families – Our KHC Road Trip journey is coming to an end this week, and our students have done an amazing job learning how to keep their hearts healthy, while helping others! If your student has not joined our online team and taken the Challenge to Be Active or Be Kind, this is the last chance to earn a FREE Road Warrior Wristband! Join your child’s class team and register today at  http://www2.heart.org/goto/camarena or download the FREE Kids Heart Challenge App for Apple or Android

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