In Math this year we will be focusing on five major themes: Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Numbers and Operations with Fractions, Measurement and Data, and Geometry. We will be using lessons from the E-Visions textbook and will be preparing for the annual Math MCAS exam in May. Weekly, students will be solving an MCAS open-response question, developing basic skills fluency, investigating math concepts and holding discussions with classmates to deepen their understanding of the lesson being taught.

*The following links provide information about the Math Common Core Frameworks and sample MCAS questions.

Throughout this year, students will be working on engineering projects. They will be following the design process to figure out solutions to problems.

Additional Science topics to be studied this year include:

Layers of the Earth/Plate Tectonics

Earthquakes and Volcanoes

The Water Cycle

Weather

Rocks and Minerals

Sound

Our current unit of study: The Earth's Layers

CONTACT ME: E-mail: bguimond@quaboagrsd.org

Phone: 413-436-5983

SPELLING

Each week students will be given a list of words that focus on a particular spelling pattern. They will need to complete a weekly spelling contract that totals up to 50 points. A spelling test will be given each Friday on the 20 words and 2 bonus words.