October 12th, 2006
Spelling: None today due to the MEAP test. Students have received the Unit 2 spelling packet which will be due at the time of the next spelling test. The worksheets can also be downloaded by clicking here.
Cursive: Cursive worksheets pp. 21-23 were made available this week and are due tomorrow.
Reading: Today we continued the MEAP English Language Arts test. Students wrote about a theme.
Writing: Today was a work day for students. A piece of writing is due tomorrow, October 13.
Math: We finished our experiment to identify the number of straight edges, faces and vertices for various three-dimensional figures. Homework is to complete puzzle page 38; note that this puzzle page defines “face” and “vertext” slightly differently than we did in class. Therefore, students were told that the puzzle might not match up at the bottom of the page. It will be enough if students just complete the table on the page, and can ignore the puzzle.
Science: We read about the earth as a magnet, the earth’s north and south poles, the earth’s iron core, and how the earth’s magnetic field creates auroras. Homework is to complete an Investigation Review (click here to download).
Social Studies: We discussed the importance of the Great Lakes to the Midwest, and also learned that the Great Lakes were formed by glaciers long ago.
- Yellows: seven magnets
- Oranges: no magnets
- Reds: none
Ask your student what kind of choices they made.
- Appointments are now being made for fall conferences, November 14-16. A sign-up sheet is located at the office windows.
- 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.