What we are learning?
The concept of this unit, “Cross-Genre Topic Study: Reading to Learn from Informational Texts, Stories, and Poems, is that readers learn from many sources, not just nonfiction. It positions students to apply what they have learned through the year about reading fiction and nonfiction in order to learn about a topic. They will engage in reading stories, poems, informational texts, and environmental print to learn more about topics of interest to them.
In this unit students build on their understanding of place value and demonstrate the decade numbers as they refer to sets of ten. Students will extend their understanding of place value to aid in their ability of addition and subtraction within 100. Students will use concrete materials, models, drawings and place value strategies to solve various problem types. Students are formally introduced to the symbols (+, - , and =) by making connections to the language of more, less, and the same that they have used all year. Students should not be subtracting using standard algorithms, as this is not an expected skill until 4th grade.
This unit, Informative Writing: How-To Books, introduces students to Informational Writing. They choose a topic and then organize information in a specific, logical sequence using words and pictures. The students are teaching their readers to do something that should be presented in a clear manner so that directions can be followed and replicated. This unit is intended to get students ready for the next unit, Unit 2: Writing Non-Fiction Chapter Books.