Week at a Glance

Week of December 4th-8th, 2023

Language Arts
Students will build their ability to read and understand informational texts and begin to build their knowledge of frogs through closely reading excerpts of the informational text Everything You Need to Know about Frogs and Other Slippery Creatures. Students gather information to answer a research question, and write an on-demand informative paragraph to answer the question. 

This week in ALL (Additional Language and Literacy) block students will form and use regular and irregular verbs, simple verb tenses, create an effective focus statement, compare and contrast to texts, read independently for 10 minutes, and grow in reading fluency.  

Important Vocabulary Words to Know
adaptations, contributing, focus statement, organized, solution, adjective, coordinating conjunctions, adverb, details, gist, dialogue, habitat, strengths, audience, precise, structure, effective, infer, elaboration inference, build, expertise, introduction, react, text features, resolution, explicitly, conclusion, expression, narrative

Your child will explore what it means to do math – what are the habits of mind that
proficient “doers of math” use. These habits of minds include
• making sense of a problem,
• using math to model a problem situation,
• reasoning about quantities,
• explaining their thinking and responding to the thinking of classmates,
• choosing appropriate tools,
• being precise,
• noticing patterns and making generalizations.
Your child is introduced to the Math Is… feature that they will encounter in every lesson of the program. This feature offers prompts to help your child develop these important habits of mind

Important Vocabulary Words to Know
Unknown a missing number, or the number to be solved for; 4 × 8 = ?or 32 ÷ 8 = ? ; ? is the unknown
Dividend the number being divided into equal groups; 32 ÷ 4 = 8, 32 is the dividend
Divisor the number that the dividend is divided by
Quotient the answer when one number is divided by another
Fact triangle a representation containing three numbers that can be used to write four related equations.


Students will explain how plant and animal remains become a fossil. Students will develop a model to show the process of fossilization.

Important Vocabulary Words to Know

Fossil– the trace of remains of something that lived long ago
Paleontologist– a scientist who studies fossils
Skeleton–the bones that support the body
Trace Fossil– is a trace of an animal that lived long ago.
Preserved Remains– the actual remains of an organism trapped in Earth materials

Social Studies
In social studies, students will learn about the six regions of American Indian Cultures in North America. Students dive into the concept by creating a project to teach the class of each region.  

Important Vocabulary Words to Know

Northwest Indians, Plains Indians, Northeast Indians, Southeastern Indians, Southwest Indians, Artic Indians, American Indians, environment, shelter, climate, Eastern Woodland, longhouse, natural recourses, human resources, capital resources