Friday, May 13, 2016
May 18 Library Books are due back to the library
May 20 Pops Concert at DHS 1:00-2:30
May 25 NOT a late start on this Wednesday
May 27 Last Day of School (dismiss at 1:30)
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From Mr. Peterson: In science, we have been creating models of how much of the earth’s water is in each location in the water cycle. We have discovered that A LOT of water is stored in the oceans and NOT MUCH water is available for human use. We have to take care of our water! In reading, we continue our work with both fictional first person narratives and informational text. In writing, we are gearing up for our last big project where we will research and write about problems facing us and how dedicated and ingenious people are solving those problems.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: The students did very well on the mixtures and solutions test. Thursday we began experimenting with reactions between different substances. Toward the end of next week, we are going to start a mini-unit on nutrition. I will be asking students to keep a food diary for one day; it doesn’t matter which day & they don’t need to change any of their eating habits, they just should write down everything they eat/drink for one full day. This will be due by Tuesday, May 24th.
Reading: All school library books are due to be returned next Thursday; however, I expect my students to have books with them through the end of the school year. I suggest students either bring a book from home or check out a book from the public library.
Language: Students are writing letters that will be distributed to Veterans during a trip to Gettysburg and DC.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies -This week students started a unit about our great state of Iowa. They are learning about the land, history, people, and government. There will be a short quiz about Iowa on May 26.
Language - We are continuing our learning about the parts of speech and making our final copies of our informational paragraph(s). Each student has chosen a person or event from history to research using informational text. Final copies of this paragraph are due Thursday, May 19.
From Mrs. Halweg: This week in math we spent time reviewing multiplication and division of multidigit numbers, division with decimals, and telling time on an analog clock. We’ll move into counting back change and fraction review next week.
From Mr. Kelley: In reading students are participating in book clubs. They are each reading a different novel with their group and meeting on Wednesdays to discuss the book. In language students are working on a report and documentary movie based on a problem they are research and offering possible solutions. In social studies we are studying westward expansion.