January 8th, 2007
Spelling: Today we reviewed words with the /j/ spelling pattern: gy, gi, ge, dge, and j. Tomorrow will be a spelling test, and the skill will assess /j/ spelling patterns. The unit 5 worksheets will also be due tomorrow. Visit the spelling page to download a copy of the unit 5 spelling worksheets.
Cursive: Cursive worksheets pp. 54-56 are available and due on Friday.
Reading: Today was the last day to plan students’ Literature Circles projects. Presentations will be tomorrow.
Writing: None due to technology. Students are working on finalizing an illustration of their monster for our class book, and are drafting a set of directions on how to make their monster. The next piece of writing will be due January 19, and will consist of each student’s contribution to our class book. Search class book in the search box for previous posts on this project.
Technology: Students completed a STAR reading assessment and began our latest technology project: a weather forecast splash screen. Today, students located pictures to use in their weather splash screen movie.
Math: We reviewed fractions, representing fractions with pictures, and converting fractions to decimals. Homework is to complete a fractions worksheet related to writing fractions to match pictures. Writing the fraction as a decimal is optional tonight, and will be tomorrow’s homework. Click here for the worksheet.
Science: Today was our last day of National Weather Service (NWS) Skywarn Weather Spotter training, and today we learned about wall clouds, shelf clouds, funnel clouds, tornados, how to spot tornados, and how to tell the difference between wall clouds and tornados. Students (and adults) who have an interest in becoming trained weather spotters can attend an additional training from the NWS, provided free at different times during the year. Visit the NWS for more information and training times.
A test over electricity, electrical safety, and weather safety will be on Wednesday.
Social Studies: We took a jet tour of the Lower Peninsula, seeing factories, rivers, farms, the Mackinaw Bridge, and stopped in the Upper Peninsula for the night. Out tour will conclude tomorrow.
- Yellows: 2 magnets
- Oranges: 1 magnet
- Reds: 0 magnets
Ask your student what kind of choices they made.
- Juice Volunteers for Friday, January 12: Alex H. and Cole. Click here for a full list of juice volunteers.
- The Candle fundraiser is currently in progress! Click here for more information about this important fundraiser for our Mackinaw trip.
- Upcoming Events: Candle sales (January 5-19); Writing piece due (January 19); Candle orders due (January 23); Candle pick-up (February 4). See the class calendar for more information.
- We are looking for donations of medium and short cardboard tubes (have plenty of short ones, thanks!) 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!