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If your student brings winter boots for recess, we recommend they also bring an old towel from home to put in the bottom of their locker to absorb the water. Snow pants are not required at the middle school for recess, however if your student wishes to play in the snow they need to be wearing snow pants and boots.
Just a reminder that if your child chooses to bring treats to school (on a birthday, for example), treats should be store bought. Additionally, it would be a good idea to check with the school nurse or your child’s homeroom teacher to find out if there are any food allergies before bringing treats into the classroom. Thank you.
Remember students can stay after school in Mrs. Suhr’s room until 4:00 M-Th. to do homework! This is voluntary and can be on an “as needed” basis.
Math- Your student will be bringing home their math test from last week to share with you today. We started our new unit this week on dividing with fractions. This unit will continue into next week.
From Mr. Kelley:
Social Studies: This week we explored developing tensions between the colonies and Great Britain. We learned about such events as the French and Indian War, Proclamation of 1763, Taxation Without Representation, Boston Massacre, and Boston Tea Party. Next, we will be discussing the Declaration of Independence.
Reading and Language: Students began a book talk project in which they have been asked to read in an unfamiliar genre. The students will construct a video reflection. We are also studying cause and effect in informational text. Students are responding to a cause and effect writing prompt.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: We continue to investigate chemical reactions.
Language: This week students wrote their introductory paragraphs for their informational reports. We continue with weekly routines of daily writing, daily language review, and word work.
Reading: We are reading in guided reading groups- all books are historical fiction and share common themes. Students should continue to read 20 minutes every day.
Next week’s VIP: Brayden
From Mr. Peterson:
Science: We are (still) in the final stages of our balloon car engineering unit. The kids are designing cars to enter into 4 competitions. We’ll have the competitions sometime next week! (It’s been a tough go with the weather…)
Reading and Writing: We’ve been exploring the poetry of Valerie Worth and learning the language of poetry. We’re writing poems about small things. The kids have been bringing in small, ordinary things to look at closely and mine for imagery and metaphors.
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies- This week we are still working on a computer simulation where students are taking the role of a young printer’s apprentice in 1775. This simulation will take about a week or more.
Language - Our 5 paragraph essay is nearly complete! We’ll put some finishing touches on it and then we’ll be done. Students write and practice grammar daily in our language class. Our spelling vocabulary tests are always on the last day of the week.
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