October 12 No School- teacher inservice day
October 13/20 Device introduction meeting (6 PM)
October 20 Author, Margie Preus, will visit DMS
October 22 Picture retake day (sign up in office if interested)
October 23 End of 1st quarter
From Mr. Peterson. In science we learned about photosynthesis and the surprising fact that almost all of the weight of plants (including huge trees) comes from the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We also had a chance to look at the biofilms we grew on microscope slides in the creek. I’ll try to have a post (with video!) on the 5P website. In reading, we had our first “socratic seminar”, which is where the kids lead a discussion about something we’ve read. In writing we completed our first draft of our fiction narrative. We learned how to collaborate with others via Google Docs.
From Mrs. Nowack: In science class, we wrapped up our weather and climate unit by talking about the differences between weather and climate, changes in climate, and how humans affect climate. The test was Friday; students will get them back at the beginning of next week and will bring them home for you to look at, sign, and return. In reading class, we worked this week on close reading and using the text to locate answers. You should see your child reading about 20 min/night (they should finish a second book no later than October 20th). In language class, our writing/grammar lessons were about: tricky verbs, including reflection and enhancing voice, and run-on sentences. Students started drafting their memoirs as well. FYI~ next week’s VIP is Evan.
From Mrs. Suhr: Social Studies - We have started chapter 3 learning about different cultural regions of early Native Americans. Language: Students will be learning about and writing a memoir of an important time in their lives.
From Mrs. Halweg: In math this week students demonstrated their knowledge of adding, subtracting, and multiplying with decimals on the unit assessment. Your student will bring this assessment home on Tuesday to share with you, and have you sign to return to school. Our next unit of study will focus on geometry- classifying shapes based on their properties.
From Mr. Kelley: In writing, students are finishing a realistic fiction narrative. The first draft is due Tuesday. You may view this to give your child feedback by having them log in to Google Drive. Within social studies, we have started chapter 3 learning about different cultural regions of early Native Americans.