Science-Students will receive a study guide that will be worked on in class. We'll test over the chapter covering plants next week. This is not homework! The students and I had an interesting discussion about some of the oldest known trees on earth--the bristlecone pine. They're found here in the United States, too! We talked about how the oldest known bristlecone pine tree (the location is top secret!) is over 5,000 years old! Scientists figure that it germinated in 3050 B.C.! We'll read an article about bristlecone pine trees this week to learn more!
Reading- We'll be reading What Jo Did, a realistic fiction story about a girl and a game of basketball. The comprehension skill focus will be on identifying cause and effect. All students are hearing The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe read aloud during homeroom time and you could hear a pin drop during this read aloud time...it's wonderful how the students still love to be read to!
English- This week we move onto a review of basic noun knowledge. What is a noun and what is it's role in a sentence? We'll look at plural, common, and proper nouns also. Students will write a fictional paragraph in class this week following lessons that focus on the topic and conclusion sentences.
Math-This week we'll keep it light. Now that being said, it sounds CRAZY, but we'll start working on ALGEBRA. FUNCTION MACHINES, EQUATIONS, VARIABLES, PROPERTIES....it sounds heavy, but it's always "fun" to try our hand at something new after taking tests all morning. There will be NO HOMEWORK ASSIGNED, however we may work on some of the chapter 4 pages during class.
Social Studies-Everyone's favorite unit is "Michigan's Native Americans" (mine too!). We'll be creating an Ojibwa clanstick starting Monday and I will need the following supplies from home: 2 12" sticks (from outside), yarn or thick twine (a lot...maybe 100 feet), 1-2 plastic lids like for butter, sour cream, needs to be at least 6" diameter, decorative items like beads, buttons, feathers, etc. DO NOT buy anything...just look in your craft supplies or check with Grandma! Please place everything in a gallon size plastic bag with your child's name on it and send in Monday if possible. If the clanstick is not finished by Wednesday, it may need to come home for finishing touches.
Mrs. Gmeiner, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Frechette