I can’t believe that the end of the third term is this week!  The students have been hard at work since February Vacation! 

We have finished our Opinion writing unit.   Next, we will take the skills that we learned from that unit to practice writing book recommendations about the books that we have read.  We are also soon going to begin our informational writing unit in which students will be writing their own informational booklet about a tourist attraction or important landmark in the United States. To prepare for this, the students just finished a nonfiction study in reading.   In which they studied the features and formats of both expository and narrative texts.  In addition to this we have be studying the works of Chris Van Allsburg.  His books often have a hidden message that the students need to use their inferencing skills to understand.  Some of the titles that we have read are The Stranger, The Wretched Stone and Jumanji.  The next unit we will be studying is historical fiction.  It is really important that students continue to read every night at home so that they can continue to practice the skills and strategies learned in class.

In math, the students finished up their unit on fractions.   They are now studying measurement.  The students have had fun using different units of measurement to measure objects.   The next unit the students will be studying decimals.  It is really important that students continue to practice their multiplication and division facts.  There will be another fact fluency benchmark the week of April 13th.   

The students have begun their study Earth Systems (weather) in science.  On June 9th, Danielle Niles, the meteorologist from WBZ Weather will be here to share with the students information about her job and local weather systems. 

We have begun our study of the Southwest.  The students are learning about how the geographical location and the climate affects the lives of people living in that region. 

Upcoming Dates:

April 13th:  Field Trip to Burrell for Abraham Lincoln Play

April 20th-24th: No School April Vacation

May 12th : Math PARCC

May 14th : Math PARCC

May 19th:  ELA PARCC

May 25th:  No School Memorial Day

May 28th:  Ahern Visit

June 5th:  Ahern Field Day

June 10th : Dedham Field Trip

Wish List:

Tissues, tissues, tissues!

Thank you!

Miss Lytle

The students are participating in March Madness Poetry.  We are looking at several of the poem match-ups in school and voting as a class for our favorite poem.  The students are welcome to check out this website on their own and vote for their favorite poem.


I can’t believe how much snow we have gotten in the last week! 

The students have been writing an opinion piece in which the students form their own thesis and use details to support their claim. They will be writing a strong introduction that hooks the reader and states their thesis this week. 

In reading, we have begun our study of nonfiction texts.  We have been working on “revving” our minds up for reading by looking at the nonfiction features and thinking about what we expect the text to be about before we read it.  Some of these nonfiction features are headings, captions, bolded words, table of contents, glossary, charts, diagrams, etc.  The students have also been working on understanding the theme (author’s message) of the fiction work that they are reading. 

In math, the students are finishing up the unit on long division.  It is good practice for the students to continue practicing solving these types of problems.  Next the students will begin the unit on fractions.  Some key vocabulary words for this unit are fraction, denominator, numerator and equivalent. 

The students have put a lot of hard work into their animal projects and the presentations so far have been great!  Next, the students will study Earth Systems (weather) in science. 

We have finished our tours of the Southeast and the Midwest. The students have enjoyed virtually visiting the different sites that these regions have to offer and learning about the climate, economy and geography in these regions.  Next, we will begin our study of the Southwest. 

Upcoming Dates:

February 13th : Valentine’s Day Party (The students are welcome to make valentines for everyone in the class if they wish to). 

February 14th-February 22nd : February Vacation

March 3rd: Book Project Due

March 23rd, 25th, 27th : ELA PARCC

March 30th & April 1st: Math PARCC

Wish List:

Tissues, tissues, tissues!

Thank you!

Miss Lytle