In Math class, we have shifted entirely to multiplication. Students have been manipulating larger numbers and have been reviewing strategies to use with the basic facts. It is important that they have skills to use to figure out the answers, but memorization of the facts is vital at this point as well. Students will be getting flash cards soon to begin studying each week.
In writing, students are learning to use details that show the reader rather than tell them. I've seen great growth this week. I definitely have a classroom filled with writers!