January 25th, 2007
Spelling: Today we worked with suffixes and learned that the silent e at the end of a word is dropped when adding suffixes that begin with vowels (no two vowels next to each other). A spelling test is coming up next week. Visit the spelling page to download a copy of the unit 6 spelling worksheets.
Cursive: No new cursive assignment this week.
Reading: We finished up our Children’s Garden fluency project today.
Writing: Today we wrote letters to injured soldiers as part of a Student Council project.
Orders for the class book, Monster Mania, are due next Monday, January 29.
Math: Today students practiced measuring objects to the nearest centimeter and converting measurements into meters, centimeters and millimeters. Homework is to finish Journal pp. 98-99.
Science: Today we looked at electricity, electrical safety, and weather posters we created when we started the unit, to see how much we learned. We also did a demonstration experiment to remember that aluminum, like all metals, is a conductor. We also saw that impure water is a conductor.
Social Studies: We reviewed the Paleo-Indians, Old Copper People and Mound Builders, and then started a project to learn the Three Fires Indians. We will learn these concepts using the Jigsaw strategy in which students will join expert groups to learn about a topic, create a lesson, and then go back to their team to teach the lesson. Homework is to read and take notes for each student’s assigned topic.
- Yellows: 1 magnet
- Oranges: 0 magnets
- Reds: 0 magnets
Ask your student what kind of choices they made.
- Juice Volunteers for Friday, January 26: De’Aundre and Iain. Click here for a full list of juice volunteers.
- Upcoming Events: Candle orders due (January 24); Make a Monster Class Book orders due (January 29); Candle pick-up (February 4). Straits of Mackinaw field trip (May 11). See the class calendar for more information.
- We are looking for donations of medium and long 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!