April 16th, 2007
Spelling: None today due to getting Hipster PDAs in class today. The Hipsters are index card-based organizers for students to write down homework and to-do items. We will have a spelling test tomorrow. The unit 9 spelling worksheets are available here.
Cursive: Ten cursive sentences of seven or more words are due each Friday.
Reading: Today was a discussion day in Literature Circles. Students also completed a STAR computerized reading test, and the class average was 4.52, up from 4.47 a month ago, and 3.98 in September. We are still slightly off pace to make a year’s growth (4.98) by the end of the year, so any reading time spent at home will be very beneficial!
Writing: Students continued to research their “I-search” project topics, looking for information, video clips and images. We will start working on the PowerPoint presentation this week, so it will be very helpful for all information to be collected as soon as possible. This project will be due on April 27, but will likely be presented on April 30 via PowerPoint.
Math: We reviewed and worked on the partial quotients method of division. Homework is to complete a division worksheet.
Science: Students completed experiments with partially-filled water bottles, xylophones, kalimbas, and rubberbands to see how length and pitch are related. We will finish these experiments tomorrow.
Also, Kid’s Inquiry Conference applications are due this Wednesday, April 18. Kid’s Inquiry Conference will be April 27 at the University of Michigan-Flint.
Social Studies: We will have a test over the French and British in Michigan tomorrow.
- Yellows: 2 magnets
- Oranges: 0 magnets
- Reds: 0 magnets
Ask your student what kind of choices they made.
- Juice Volunteers for Friday, April 20: Tiyanna and Alex H. Click here for a list of volunteers.
- 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.
- Upcoming Events: KIC applications due (April 18); New writing piece due (April 27); Kids’ Inquiry Conference (April 27); 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!