Class activities for Friday, April 16

Spelling: We reviewed irregular verbs (was/am, brought/bring, ground/grind, thought/think, read/read). This will be the skill tested on Monday’s spelling test.

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due on Fridays.

Reading: Today was a discussion day in Literature Circles; some groups worked on visualizing as a reading strategy.

Writing: We took a break today to install a new internet browser to use for our I-Search project over the next two weeks. Students installed and set up their own Google Chrome browser. The students will now be using Google Chrome as their default browser for these reasons:

  • It’s faster than other browsers;
  • It doesn’t crash as much;
  • Extensions can be installed quickly;
  • It’s the safest browser there is (hackers didn’t even attempt to hack Google Chrome despite a $10,000 prize).

Google Chrome is free to install. Learn more about why you should have Google Chrome on your computer.

Next week, students will continue to collect research for their I-Search projects. View our I-Search 2010 Research website. Here are more details about the I-Search project. Our general timeline :

  1. Week 1: Collect research
  2. Week 2: Select research, plan presentation, start draft of presentation
  3. Week 3: Finalize presentation, present at our I-Search Conference

Math: We reviewed the Partial Products method of multiplication and students completed a MiniQuiz. Students also learned the lattice method of multiplication.

Science: We set up experiments to test if plants need the following to live:

  • water
  • sunlight
  • soil/nutrients
  • air/oxygen/carbon dioxide
  • heat

Here are our initial plant images:

Social Studies: None on Fridays.

Behavior Update:

  • Yellow magnets: 2
  • Orange magnets: 0
  • Red magnets: 0
  • STAR Awards: 0
  • Magnets moved this week (goal: 10): 9

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


Our Mission:
Every student in Room 130 leaves improved and prepared for 5th grade.

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