- Grammar: Complex sentences
- A clause is a group of words with a subject and verb.
- independent clauses can stand alone as a sentence
- dependent clauses cannot stand alone
- Dependent clauses usually begins with a subordinating conjunction such as before, when, or because
- A complex sentence includes an independent clause and one or more dependent clauses
- relative pronouns: who, whose, whom, which, and that
- relative adverbs: where, when, and why
- Comp Skill: Text structure-Compare/contrast
- compare: tell how things are alike
- contrast: tell how things are different
- Signal (key) words: same, but, both, like, similarly, in contrast, etc.
- Vocabulary Strategy: Multiple meaning words
- Some words have more than one meaning
- Use words and phrases near a multiple-meaning word to figure out its meaning
- Doubling and halving
- x5 strategy: Multiple a factor by 10, then half the product
- x9 strategy: Multiply a factor by 10, then take away the extra group
- This strategy can be applied to numbers that end in 9. Multiply it by the closest multiple of 10, then take away the extra group.
- M2 CU 1 & 2
- Investigative phenomena: If environments change slowly, how can we know what they used to be like.
- Rock layers activity: We hid "fossils" in clay and layered the clay. We learned how the oldest layer of earth is at the bottom and the newest layer is at the top. The type of fossil found in each layer indicates what the environment used to be like.
- Earthquake activity: We layered several layers of clay. We cut the second layer and separated it from the first to show that geologists can look at a layer of earth and tell if there was an earthquake if the layers do not line up.
- Library with Mrs. Tonaki-We reviewed how non-fiction books are organized by numbers (Dewey decimal system).