May 14- Orchestra concert 6:30 @ Carrie Lee Auditorium
May 23- Last “late start Wednesday” of the school year
May 30- No late start this Wednesday- start at 8:00 AM
June 4- Last day of school- dismiss at 1:30 PM
Have you been wondering what Joe Beckman’s visit at the beginning of April was all about? Well, wonder no longer! This is a video compiled about the day: https://eduvision.tv/l?emLeRt
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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 received their math test back. Look for this to be coming home to be shared with you and then returned to school. We started learning about the coordinate plane this week. We’ve been plotting points and naming points based on their coordinates. The test over this unit will be in a couple of weeks. It will be combined with our next unit as well.
From Mr. Kelley:
Social Studies: We are currently learning about Iowa history, geography, and culture. This week students compared life today to life for Iowa pioneer settlers in the 1800s.
Reading and Language: We finished up our writing unit on the study of persuasive writing. Students selected their own persuasive topic to research and write about. Students are finishing up a six-week book club in which they will meet once a week to discuss a novel. We also began comparing narrative elements in two or more stories.
From Mrs. Nowack:
Science: This week student engineers are wrapping up their tests of different nozzle sizes on their balloon motors and graphing their results.
Language: We continue with weekly routines of daily writing, daily language review, and word work. Students also responded to their 4th grade pen-pals. Step-Up Day will be May 18.
Reading: This week we have been working on our fluency with some reader’s theatre! Students should continue to read 20 minutes every day from their independent reading books. Fourth quarter book projects are due May 18th.
From Mr. Peterson:
Science: We are forensic scientists using what we know about the physical properties of matter to solve a crime.
Reading and Writing: We are studying “This I believe…” mentors and will write one ourselves. We continue our research and thinking about refugees. Our poetry collaboration with Ms. Courtney’s 8th-grade art class link is here: https://goo.gl/nfGz4A
From Mrs. Suhr:
Social Studies - This week we started learning about westward expansion and the idea of Manifest Destiny. There will be a short quiz on this Wed., May 16.
Language - We are spending several language days talking about conversation. Students will learn what makes it good, what makes it bad, and some strategies to improve speaking and listening. Students write and practice grammar daily in our language class. Our spelling vocabulary tests are always on the last day of the week.