May 24th, 2006
Reading: We used reading time today to work on adding and subtracting fractions.
Language Arts: Today we had a mini-lesson on how poets use linebreaks to give their poems more meaning. We also looked at a poem that used a metaphor (fog compared to a cat) and a poem that made a nonliving object appear to be alive (a snow angel had breath and floated across a meadow).
The last piece of writing will be due June 2 and will be a collection of poems.
Spelling: None due to math. We will likely use spelling time for the rest of the year to complete activities in other subject areas. However, there will be one more spelling test next week.
The Level Four Core Word list is an option for continued practice.
Math: We worked on adding and subracting fractions, and then looked at equivalent fractions (1/2 = 2/4 = 3/6 = 4/8). Homework is to complete puzzle page 92, which is about equivalent fractions.
Science: We completed an experiment that was essentially making a cloud. Students learned that a cloud is made of tiny droplets of liquid water floating in the air. Homework is to complete the experiment worksheet called “Water Ups and Downs”.
Social Studies: We learned that many French explorers came to Michigan looking for a shortcut to China, called the Northwest Passage. The French eventually started building towns in Michigan when they realized that there was no shortcut to Asia. Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace were the two first settlements in Michigan.