Class activities for Tuesday, April 8

Spelling: Today we reviewed how the letter r changes the vowel sound (e.g., hose and horse). We also learned that or and ore are famous spelling patterns for the /or/ sound.

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

Reading: Today was a discussion day in Literature Circles. Some groups worked on determining importance and questioning.

Writing: Students continued to work on their I-Search projects (click here for more details) by collecting research on their I-Search 2008 class wiki pages. Students also created accounts to create online mind maps and webs. Students will plan their presentations in a web using

A summary of the project:

Students will research their I-Search question using print and internet sources and create a digital presentation using PowerPoint or Google Docs presentation software. Students are collecting their research on our I-Search 2008 class wiki. Later, students will present their findings to other students who sign up to attend their talk. The presentation slides will be turned in to portfolios for a writing grade.

The I-Search presentation is due April 25.

Math: I introduced exponents and powers today, and we focused on powers of 10. Homework is to complete Journal pp. 138-139, started in class. 

Science: We took notes in our minibooks and learned that fast vibrations make high pitches, and slow vibrations make low pitches.

Social Studies: We started learning about the French and Indian War, using an SQ3R organizer.

Behavior Update:

  • Yellow magnets: 1
  • Orange magnets: 0
  • Red magnets: 0
  • STAR Awards: 1
  • Current Hours with No Orange Magnets: 24

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


  • This week’s juice volunteers (full list): Jadin and Hannah. Thanks for your generosity!
  • View grades, assignments, attendance and even the report card at SnapGrades.
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • Visit our Mackinaw Field Trip page for more information on our May 9 trip.

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