October 10th, 2006
Spelling: None today due to the MEAP test. Download the Unit 2 spelling packet by clicking here.
Cursive: Cursive worksheets pp. 21-23 were made available this week and are due Friday.
Reading: Today we began the MEAP English Language Arts test. Students read two selections, answered questions for each, answered questions involving comparing the two stories, and wrote a comparative piece using evidence from both selections.
Writing: None today. A piece of writing is due this Friday, October 13. Many, but not all, students have turned in their portfolios and they were laminated. Ask your student if they turned in theirs. If not, the next chance for students to get their portfolio laminated is Thursday.
Math: We reviewed polygons and then learned the names of six three-dimensional figures:
- rectangular prism (looks like a box)
- triangular prism (looks like an old-style army tent)
- sphere (looks like a ball)
- square pyramid (looks like an, um, pyramid)
- cylinder (looks like a soup can)
- cone (looks like a, yep, ice cream cone)
Students were challenged to find examples of these figures at home, sketch them, and tell us about them tomorrow.
Science: We graded the Investigation Review (check the online gradebook for the grade), put notes in our magnet minibooks, at completed the Getting Directions experiment about making a compass. Homework is to complete the analyze and conclude questions.
Social Studies: We learned that the Midwest is hotter and colder than the Northeast because we are farther from the ocean. The ocean provides the Northeast with cool breezes in the summer and warmer breezes in the winter, but the Midwest doesn’t have this natural air conditioner. As a result, our summers are generally hotter, and our winters colder.
- Yellows: four magnets
- Oranges: two magnets
- Reds: none
Ask your student what kind of choices they made.
- MEAP testing has begun this week for English Language Arts, and will start October 16 for Math. A good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast will be a great start to those testing days (something you all are already doing!).
- Box Tops Contest in progress! It ends on October 20.
- We are looking for donations of cardboard tubes (toilet tissue, paper towel, wrapping paper) for class projects. The tubes can be sent in any time during the year; this project will be on-going. Thanks for any help you can give!
- There is still some space left on our Room 130 Pride board. Let’s fill that thing up! If your student hasn’t yet brought in three unique “objects” about themselves, then please send them so that they can be put on display for all to see. We are looking for things like photos, postcards, papers, medals, or little trickets that can be put in bags and hung on the board. The only limitation is size, and being able to be attached somehow to a bulletin board. These objects can remain with us the whole year, or rotated out whenever the student wants.