Class activities for Tuesday, March 11

Spelling: Students prepared their Words to Learn list of words they missed on the last spelling test. This is their customized spelling list for the next test. Ask your student which words they are practicing for the next test, and if they are finished with their Words to Learn list.

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences of at least seven words each are due Friday.

Reading: Today was a discussion day in Literature Circles.

Students also took a STAR computerized reading test Our class average reading level was 5.29 (click chart at right), which is over our yearly goal of 5.16. That indicates over a year’s worth of reading level growth, by March! At this pace, the class reading level by June is forecasted to be 5.9! Great work to all the hard working readers!

Writing: Students learned a trick for writing persuasive, Take-a-Stand pieces:

  • Do-Decide
  • Cows-Core Democratic Values
  • Drive-Define
  • Everywhere-Explain
  • During-Data
  • Every-Explain
  • Race-Restate

Students also decided what they would like their Take-a-Stand question to be. Homework is to finalize the question if not done already.
The next piece of writing, a persuasive Take-a-Stand piece, is due Thursday, March 20.

Math: Students completed a MiniQuiz on the distributive property of multiplication. We also practiced estimating sums. Homework is to finish Journal pp. 118-121.

Science: Students completed a test over these concepts:

  • Light is energy;
  • White light is made of millions of different colors;
  • Prisms separate white light; filters block colors of light;
  • Light moves in straight lines;
  • Shadows are areas where light is blocked;
  • Shadows grow larger when the light source is closer to the object; they grow longer when the light is on the side of the object.

Social Studies: We reviewed the components of a Take-a-Stand piece and how Core Democratic Values and data are used to convince others of your ideas.

Behavior Update:

  • Yellow magnets: 2
  • Orange magnets: 1
  • Red magnets: 0
  • STAR Awards: 0
  • Current Hours with No Orange Magnets: 3

Check your student’s Personal and Social Growth grade at SnapGrades to see if your student moved their magnet.


  • March is Reading Month. Class goal: 100 books (limit of two “just right” picture books for each student) by March 28!
  • View grades, assignments, attendance and even the report card at SnapGrades.
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • This week’s juice volunteers (full list): Sean and Halie. Thanks for your generosity!
  • Visit our Mackinaw Field Trip page for more information on our May 9 trip.

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