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Our Mission:  At Shrine Catholic Grade School we try to exemplify Christ by praying, learning, and growing together.

Week of May 23, 2016

Religion-Our lessons this week will be twofold.  In the text, we're focusing on the sacraments.  The sacraments are signs of God's presence in our lives.  Each sacrament will be discussed.

It's May and the Church pays special attention to Mary.  In her honor, the students have started a project in class that ties the virtues we've worked on this year and Mary's life.  How did Mary exemplify fortitude? Or charity? Students have the virtues and their meanings in their religion notebooks.  They are created a poster with their artistic interpretation of Mary.  They are also writing a meaty paragraph detailing how Mary lived one or two of the virtues.  I can't wait to see these in the hall!

Science-Fourth graders are moving into rocks.  We'll discuss the three main rock types:  metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary.  I see a visit to the science lab in our near future to experiment with various properties of rock samples!

Reading-   For these next two weeks we will be reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  The novel is a timeless fantasy that has many similarities and differences to the popular movie.  We will have class discussions about character analysis of the main characters and broad comprehension of the story.  

English-  Prepositions and prepositional phrases are our focus this week.   We'll be working with prepositions and prepositional phrases in class.  Students will enjoy a cross curricular English and geography lesson when they describe the locations of the states using prepositional phrases.  This week we will play around with the very basics of sentence diagramming.  Believe it or not, most students really love this! 

Math-Everyone seemed to genuinely enjoy measuring and constructing angles and learning about lines, rays, points, planes, etc!  This week we'll expand our knowledge base with CIRCLE BASICS. We'll construct circles and learn their parts....center, diameter, chord, arc, radius, circumference.  The mysterious "pi" will make an appearance as we CALCULATE the area and circumference of various circles.  We'll also review KEY GEOMETRIC CONCEPTS like perimeter and area.  Plan on a TEST on THURSDAY covering angles, line relationships, circles, perimeter and area. NO computation quiz is scheduled for this week due to Memorial Day.

Social Studies- The MICHIGAN MUSEUM was a big hit! Not only did our 4th grade docents enjoy presenting, but our younger students had a wonderful time learning all about Michigan!  Mrs. Dixon and Mrs. Bero joined in on the fun too!  This week students will be demonstrating their ability to read and interpret various graphs and maps as well as place key historical events on a timeline correctly.  The GOVERNMMENT test will be on Thursday.  We'll move forward in our studies as we shift our focus to the CORE DEMOCRATIC VALUES.  Students will be creating a CDV comic in class, but if not finished in school, must be done at home.  It is DUE on Thursday.

 Mrs. Gmeiner, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Frechette






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