November
Areas of Study
Literacy Unit 2  Interactions in Nature and Culture Text: Hiawatha Supporting texts: Peco's Bill and John Henry Essential Questions: How does a reader identify themes? How does a writer develop and organize writing that matches purpose and audience? How does a writer use internal and external dialogue to develop the theme of the story? How do readers compare and contrast topics? Objectives: Students will be able to analyze setting. Students will be able to analyze cultural context in storytelling. Students will be able to analyze problem and resolution. Students will be able to analyze word choice and point of view. Students will analyze theme, dialogue, and figurative language. Math Chapter 2  Multiply by 1 Digit Numbers Essential Questions: How does a model help you solve a comparison problem? How does understanding place value help you multiply by tens, hundreds, and thousands? How can you use regrouping to multiply a 2digit number by a 1digit number? Objectives: Students will be able to round a whole number to any place. Students will be able to rename whole numbers by regrouping. Students will be able to add whole numbers and determine whether solutions to addition/subtractions problems are reasonable. Students will be able to relate multiplication equations and comparison statements. Students will be able to solve problems involving multiplicative comparison and additive comparison. Students will be able to multiply tens, hundredths, and thousands by whole numbers through 10. Students will be able to estimate products by rounding. Students will be able to multiply a two digit number by a 1 digit number. Science Properties of Water Essential Question: How does water change when various items interact with it? Investigation 1: What happens when water gets spilled, splashed or dropped on something? Is water the same on all surfaces? Experiments: Students observe the reaction of water to a penny. They try to change the surface tension by separately adding various items to water to observe how it reacts on the penny. Students place water on various items and observe how it flows downhill. Students build a bottle thermometer to measure what happens to water when it is cooled and heated. Other Investigations: Looking at Water Surface Tension Water on a Slope Sinking and Floating Water Water as Ice Social Studies Unit 1  The Geography of New York State Essential question: Why does geography matter? Objectives/Focus Questions Students will be able to name New York's major landforms and bodies of water. What are the purposes of different types of maps? How is a map used? How can we use our knowledge of maps and geography to understand the location of New York state in our world? Writing: Students will write about two geographic features listed in the reading and then compare them to a similar structure they are familiar with in New York. 
Extracurricular Activities
Brooklyn College  Black Violin Concert
