November 2019 archive

Writing Unit 2- Journalism

For our second unit in writing, we are focusing on Journalism and writing non-fiction news articles. Students will be learning the different aspects of writing and editing non-fiction pieces.

Throughout this unit students will learn how to:
-Answer the essential questions of journalistic writing.
-Utilize a journalistic text structure.
-Edit, revise and meet deadlines.
Students will be creating multiple news articles about events around the school as well as connection to our natural disasters and Earth processes unit of inquiry. Attached below are our rubric for this unit as well as a checklist students will be using to complete.
Journalism Rubric
Checklist for a news report

Reading Unit Two

Dear Parents,

Our second unit of reading is entitled “Reading the Weather, Reading the World: Purposeful reading of Nonfiction”. The unit is based on a deep understanding and learning from nonfiction books.  

Students will be working on four skills through this unit; 

  1. Summarizing a text.
  2. Explaining how part of a text fits with the rest of the text, and why it’s important.
  3. Identifying and analyzing author’s craft techniques.
  4. Synthesizing information from two or more texts. 

For all four skills, students will need to be able to prove their answers by citing information and details from the texts. For example “I know this because in the text it says….”

In both, the pre-assessment and the post-assessment students will be reading and analyzing two related texts. 

Below you can find the questions stems the students will be asked to answer for the pre and post-assessments, along with guidelines that will help your child answer the questions fully.

You can use these questions stems at home to ask your child about their nightly reading. In this way, they will have practice with the four skills of our unit.

  1. Summarize the text.

When summarizing, remember to:

  • Write about the main idea.
  • Include carefully selected details that link to the main idea.
  • Use text structure in your response.
  • Keep your summary brief.
  • Write about the ideas in the text, not your own opinions.
2. How did _________ change from the beginning to the end of the story and why?

When writing about how part(s) of a text fit with others, remember to:

  • Explain why the part is important.
  • Explain how the part fits with the rest of the text.
3. What author’s craft techniques do you see the author using? Explain the craft technique the author used and why the author may have used this technique.

When analyzing author’s craft, remember to:

  • Identify craft technique(s) the author used.
  • Write about the writerly goal(s) the author seems to have been aiming toward.
  • Elaborate on this, writing at least a few sentences.
4. Both texts teach about an important subtopic. Explain briefly what these texts teach about ___(Insert shared subtopic)___.

When synthesizing, remember to:

  • Focus on the subtopic.
  • Include information from each text that fits with this subtopic.
  • Organize information into categories (if possible).


Please find resources attached.

Reading Unit 2 Rubric

Learning Progression Unit 2 Reading

Math Unit 2

In Unit 2, Students continue to build multiplicative reasoning as they work with multi-digit multiplication and early division. In Module 1, students use base ten area pieces to investigate place value patterns, as well as the model and solve single- and double-digit multiplication problems. In Module 2, they move from building multiplication arrays to sketching them. They also build ratio tables and use them to make generalizations about the effects of multiplying by 10, 100, and 1,000. In the third module, students solve a variety of multiplication story problems and work together to compile and compare the strategies they have been practicing. In Module 4, students solve division problems that require them to make sense of remainders in a variety of contexts. New Work Places provide more practice with multiplication facts, multi-digit multiplication, and division with remainders. 

Our second unit is titled, Multi-Digit Multiplication & Early Division:

  1. Building Multiplication Arrays
  2. Arrays & Ratio Tables
  3. Multiplication Stories & Strategies
  4. Early Division with Remainders

Students will be bringing home their Home Connections workbook at least twice a week to complete homework and return it to school the next day.  They should also be working on mastering their multiplication times tables every night.

Please find the Unit Two Family letter:

Math Unit 2- Family Letter