Sunday, March 15, 2020

Week 27
March 16-20

I want to let you know I will be emailing the students to let them know what they can do at home to keep up with their learning.  Please ask them about the emails, and remind them to look at their school email.

Reading
On Friday I sent home with the students their reading Book Club books and their reading folders.  I will email all the students tomorrow to clarify what I would like them to do.  Students can also go to Lexia everyday for at least 20 minutes.  Our daily homework of reading 30 minutes a day would also be beneficial.

Math
Every student also went home with their Clever Badges glued onto a notecard.  This will help them get to Dream box which is what I would like them to do for at least 20 minutes a day.  At school the students don't usually use the badges, however I wanted to make sure there would not be any student unable to access Clever.

Writing
I will email all students tomorrow letting them know the writing I would like them to work on.  We have finished our informational writing about our Solar System.  Their essays are on Google Docs, so they can share them with you.

Social Studies
I will be sending information to the students letting them know what they can do to keep up with our study of the American Revolution.

Science
We are about to start our new unit, Round and Round it goes.  This unit focuses on Matter and Energy in Organisms and Ecosystems.  We planted seeds last week and will move forward as best we can.  I will be sending the students information on this as well.  

Here are some pictures from last week.














Sunday, March 8, 2020

Week 26
March 9-13
No School Tuesday, election day

Winter Survival is Back!!! Our trip is this Friday, please help your child remember their permission slip and the supplies they need to be successful.

The class is in need of  Kleenex, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer and band aids. Any donations will be greatly appreciated, thank you.

Reading
Our book clubs will continue this week. We are working on summarizing our thinking and writing about the themes in the books.

Math
Unit 6 continues with estimating decimal products and quotients and multiplying decimals.

Science
We will continue to look at water levels, erosion, and stressors of the Great Lakes.

Social Studies
We will be exploring the  Battles of Lexington and Concord and the First Congressional Congress this week all leading up to the American Revolution.

Here are some pictures from last week.












Sunday, March 1, 2020

Week 25
March 2-6
March Is Reading Month!!!      Books change us.

River Residency will take place this week, we are scheduled for this activity Wednesday right after lunch.

We will be rescheduling our Winter Survival trip.  I will let you know the date as soon as I do. :)

Reading
Our book clubs are really getting started and will continue this week.  

Writing
We will continue our peer editing on our Solar System essays this week.  We hope to have our final copy finished by Friday.

Math
This week we will working with data on line plots, applying volume concepts, as well as measuring volume by displacement.

Social Studies
Our focus this week will be on the Intolerable Acts.

Science
Great Lake water levels and erosion are our next areas of study in science.

Here is some information about a used book sale happening at Wines.
 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tuF98seRe67eygkpBTubKcsPw0qSJ7use7qHgSNjS6c/edit?usp=sharing



Sunday, February 23, 2020

Week 24
February 23-28
Early Release day is Tuesday this week, the day ends at 1:29.
Our Winter Survival trip is Thursday this week.

Reading
Our new book clubs will continue meeting this week.  Most of the clubs are reading Historical Fiction books.  

Writing
We hope to finish our informational essays this week.

Social Studies
We will continue to look at the events that led up to the American Revolution this week.

Science
We are investigating the water levels of the great Lakes and trying to figure out why they are changing. 

Here are some pictures from last week.






Sunday, February 16, 2020

Week 23
February 17-21

Reading
We will be continuing our unit on Argument and Advocacy this week.  We will also be starting new book clubs this week.

Writing
The students are working very hard on their informational essays.  We have had conferences and some students have completed their first drafts.  we hope to have these completed this week.

Math
The unit 5 math test will be Wednesday this week.  Look for the review test to come home with your child on Tuesday.

Social Studies
Our investigations into the events that led up to the American Revolution will continue this week.  

Science
We will be moving into cycle 2 of our science unit this week.  We will develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact in Michigan and the Great Lakes basin.

Here are some pictures from last week.










Sunday, February 9, 2020

Week 22
February 10-14
Tomorrow is N.A.A.P.I.D.
Friday we will be celebrating Valentine's Day, we will have time in the afternoon to exchange valentines.  Students are not required to bring valentines.  I only request that if they choose to bring them, they need to bring one for every student in the class.  I'm going to attach a class list to the email.

Reading
This week we will be deciding what topic/argument each student will research to prepare for a debate with other classmates.  We had some great 'flash debates" last week!!!

Math
Our work with fractions will continue this week, we will be learning about dividing fractions.  Finding common denominators for fractions is an area of struggle for some students, any review of this at home would be great.

Writing
We worked really hard last week writing our thesis statements for our essays about our Solar System.  This week we will be working on our body paragraphs and our conclusion paragraphs. 

Science
We have started our investigation on Zebra Mussels and how they effect the Great Lakes.  We will continue this week.

Social Studies
We are learning about the events that led to the American Revolution.  The students are working very hard on this and I'm very impressed with what I'm seeing in class.  

Here are some pictures from last week.














Sunday, January 26, 2020

Week 20
January 27-31

We will be visiting Forsythe Friday afternoon this week for a music concert.  The permission slip will come home this week.

Reading
We completed our Inquiry projects last week.  This week we are starting a new reading unit, it's about argument and advocacy.  We will be researching debatable issues and sharing our 'debating selves' with others.  

Math
Ms. Waterfield started teaching unit 5 in math last week.  This week the students will continue to work with fractions.  They will be finding common denominators, subtracting fractions and multiplying fractions.

Writing
We will begin a unit on informational writing with a focus on Social Studies. We will start with some brainstorming, researching and organizing of ideas.

Social Studies
We are moving into our study of the American Revolution.  Last week we learned about the French and Indian war.  This week we will continue to explore the colonists frustrations with England and how they responded to new taxes and laws.

Here are some great pictures from last week.