Middle Primary Cottage News
January/February 2019 Curriculum Newsletter
Level 5 Math and Science
In the month of February, MP students continued working on their individual assignments in math class. Many students are finishing up lessons in division and multiplication fact families, while others are beginning work in fractions. In Basics class, we are working as a group using manipulatives to learn the basic parts of a fraction and what a fraction represents. We are also using the IXL program for extra practice with fractions and number lines. Timed tests continue on Thursdays each week.
We are finishing up a super fun unit in science on the planets! The students researched and individual planet and painted a planet model. They also created a travel brochure to encourage vacationers to come visit their planet. These will be on display in the library for the next couple of weeks. In addition to the classroom, we went on a field trip to the CSO Young Peoples Concert and the theme was Space Voyage 2019! It was a treat to see Mr. Carey in action and sharing his talents with the students of Chattanooga.
Level 5 Language Arts and Social Studies
February has been a very quick but busy month! We completed our historical fiction genre with a flip book project that is currently displayed in our cottage. The students described characters, setting, problems and solutions, and gave interesting facts from the books they read. The students gave their opinion of the book using text description. They did a great job! We are continuing to focus on the steps of the writing process and editing our work. We are still practicing capitalization, punctuation, and correct sentence structure, as well as writing good paragraphs with detail. The grammar topic will be adjectives and adverbs, which will add “color” to our writing. We will continue to review nouns and verbs. We are continuing to read and take AR tests toward reaching our goal of 25 books by May. I have encouraged those that have already reached their goal to keep going! Remember we are providing clean drinking water in Africa with every book we read!
We finished our study of the Southeast region and took a few days to talk about our great state of Tennessee! The students did quick presentations about Tennessee’s natural wonders and fascinating history. Mr. Varner helped us culminate our study of the Southeast by cooking biscuits and Brunswick stew! It was delicious! We began our journey through the Midwest region of the U.S. and have talked about the geography and history of the region. We will continue learning about this region and then move to the Southwest region. We are improving in our research skills and non-fiction text features through reading and exploring all the regions.