March 30th, 2006
Reading: Today was a discussion day in Literature Circles. Groups finished their magazines and will begin working on a project starting tomorrow. We also read Esperanza Rising, our shared reading book.
Language Arts: Our mini-lesson today was about creating a scene for the reader to picture in their mind. Scenes are built using dialogue, senses, snapshots and description, and saving the end for the end (don’t spoil it for the reader). Students should be drafting their new piece of writing by now. The next piece is due April 13.
Spelling: We played contraction tic-tac-toe today to review contractions. Students can practice at home by studying the Level Four Core Word list and practicing words on their Words to Learn list.
Math: Students worked today on rounding large numbers. Homework is to complete Math journal pp. 140 and 142. We will have a math test Tuesday over chapter 5.
One way to prepare for the test is to make sure your student is practicing multiplication facts if they are not yet mastered. Games at Multiplication.com may help.
Science: We completed two mini-experiments today to see how pitch is related to tension. Homework is to complete the Minigutbucket and Foss-ulele experiment write-ups. A science test is coming next Wednesday over sound.
Social Studies: We continued our cooperative learning Jigsaw project about the Three Fires people of Michigan. See Tuesday’s post for more information about the Jigsaw strategy.
Today, students worked in their expert groups to create test questions and start to plan how they will teach their teams the information they have learned. Students will have one more work day in class to create their lesson. The lessons will be presented early next week.
- Conferences are April 10-12. Reserve your appointment at the office windows.
- HELP WANTED: Mr. Keilitz is looking for parents willing to help with Field Day, which is at the end of May. If you are willing to help, please fill out the form here. Thanks!
- Mackinaw Fundraising Update: our class has raised $2,078, which is 77% of our goal. We have $622 remaining to reach our goal of $2,700.
- Interested in going to Mackinaw? We still have three chaperone spots available for the trip. Fill out the form here if you would like to go.