March 13th, 2007
Spelling: None today due to introduction of our new MrHowd.com Gmail accounts. These accounts are provided ad-free by Google for use for our classroom. A permission slip went home today.
The unit 8 spelling worksheets are available here.
Cursive: Ten cursive sentences of seven or more words each are due Friday.
Reading: Today was the last reading day for this Literature Circles cycle. Students will work on group project later this week to share their book with the class, and a new cycle will start next week.
Writing: Students prewrote for their “Take a Stand” opinion piece, developing their question, matching Core Democratic Values, identifying groups of people to survey, and deciding how they feel about their issue. This piece of writing will be due Friday, March 23.
Math: Students learned the standard method of multiplication, which is the method most parents and adults are familiar with. Homework is to complete a multiplication worksheet using this last method. Students working in a small group with me today have the option of using any method for the second row of problems; completing the last row of problems is optional.
Science: Groups shared their posters about what they already know and think about sound.
Social Studies: We started reading about French Explorers, and began an “alphabet soup” organizer.
- Yellows: 0 magnets
- Oranges: 0 magnets
- Reds: 0 magnets
Ask your student what kind of choices they made.
- Juice Volunteers: A new volunteer list will be sent home soon.
- Thank you to the nine chaperones who have volunteered for the Mackinaw trip. At this point, we have no more availability for additional chaperones. Spaces may open up as the trip gets closer.
- Spring Conference times are now available for April 2, 3 and 4! Sign up at the office windows.
- Upcoming Events: New writing piece due (March 23); Magic Show (March 23); Spring Conferences (April 2, 3 and 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!