Happy May! We got off to an excellent start with the Oral Biographies last week presented by Dominic, Soliana, Jason, Maggie, Oliver, Daniel, Cal, Liam, Wesley and Paige. We have another big week of bios ahead, which will be great fun. I am so proud of all the hard work the students have put into this challenging project! We look forward to the rest of the presentations this week! I have included a few pictures at the bottom of the page.
We have a very special event this Tuesday, May 2nd. The “Of Cedar and Salmon” program will be set up in the School Hall all day just for the 3rd and 4th grade students. This multi-media, multi-cultural, hands-on educational program is designed to teach students about the native art and culture of the Pacific Northwest Coast. This program supports and supplements the 3rd and 4th grade studies of Native People and cultures.
The students came home with information about the book fair last week—if you have not seen it please check your child’s filer. This is a great opportunity to stock up on some books for summer reading. Use this link to get more information about the book fair and the digital wallet.
On Friday, May 19th, we will have a free dress day to celebrate the talent show. This year’s theme is Disney! Students can dress as a character from Disney movies (Minnie Mouse, Buzz Lightyear, Lightning McQueen, a Disney princess, Tigger, Scrooge, Captain Hook, etc.), dress in a Marvel costume (Black Panther, Antman, Captain Marvel, etc.) or wear any Disney gear (Mickey ears or clothes). If you don’t have any Disney gear, you can make yourself some Mickey ears to show your spirit! We look forward to seeing all of the fun spirit as we watch the awesome talent show performances.
Math: We will review chapter concepts on Monday and Wednesday and take the Chapter 9 test on Thursday. The focus is on using operations (add, subtract, multiply) with fractions. The homework Monday/Tuesday nights will be a test review to go along with our classroom review. The students will do the odd problems on Monday night and the Even problems on Tuesday night. We will also continue to review previous concepts to keep our skills sharp. Math fact mastery is always a priority! Check your child’s filer for correct math review quizzes from last week.
Language ArtsSpelling: The spelling words for the week were sent home with the students last Thursday. The spelling focus is learning rules for making nouns plural. Students should both know how to spell the words and understand the rules so that they can use this skill in their writing and spelling when making any word plural. Students will also learn about diamanté poems and how to use good word choice in order to include nouns, adjectives and adverbs in their poems.
Flat Stanley: I would like the students to bring in their flat people this week so I can take some group shots with them for the journals I will also be asking the students to bring their journals to school the week of May 8-12—they do not have to have their home entries completed–but if they have some edited rough drafts ready they will get some class time to work on them—and I will offer any support or suggestions as needed.
Reading: Students read chapters 5-6 in The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. This week, our target skill focus is on analyzing passages from the chapter and determining the author’s purpose. Guided discussion questions help focus our attention on important details that arise as the mystery unfolds. Students have been taking short comprehension quizzes after each chapter. These are sent home each week.
Religion: We our working on our studies of The Beatitudes which teach us what we need to do to be truly happy. They guide us in the ways we can live the Great Commandment and love one another. Along with our textbook, the students are watching short videos of students close to their age in everyday life at home and school living the Beatitudes. After each video we write “Live Its”
Science: Students continue to learn about energy as they explore how high the hills of a rollercoaster can be and how this relates to energy.
Social Studies: Look for corrected region tests in your child’s filer. The students will be introduced to some of the early settlers of Washington State including the amazing and inspirational Mother Joseph! Our map work will focus on the major mountain ranges and bodies of water in Washington State.
Thank you all for your work with your children on the Oral Biography Project! I am so impressed with their poise and creativity.