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: This week students read a reader’s theatre play on nutrition; focusing on getting a balanced diet from all of the food groups. I have asked 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. Students will likely need your help in determining serving sizes. This is due by Tuesday, May 24th.
Reading: This week students have been working on their fluency using reader’s theater selections.
Language: Students worked this week on writing lesson plans for “Teach the Teacher” speeches.
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 reviewed fractions. Your student complete 12 different fraction activities. Today during class (or Monday) your student took those 12 activities, cut them out, and taped them together to form a dodecahedron. The morning math classes will be bringing theirs home today. The afternoon math classes will bring theirs home on Monday. Next week we’ll spend time investigating positive and negative numbers.
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. Next Wednesday is their last day. In social studies students are beginning a unit about Iowa history, culture, and geography.