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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 2, 2016

Religion-We enter the month of May with the Living Rosary and May Crowning this week.  May is a beautiful month to pay homage to Our Mother.  We will offer intentions prior to praying the rosary.  

Last week, students learned about the virtue of prudence.  It's an old fashioned word, but it's not an old fashioned virtue.  You use the knowledge and wisdom you have and make a choice that keeps you close to God.  We discussed the choice isn't between a peanut butter and jelly or tuna salad sandwich, but a choice between right and wrong.  I read the book "Enemy Pie" and I asked who acted with prudence in the story.  Many thought the dad did.  Ask your child about the story and what exactly Dad did! 

Science-The seasons change due to Earth's revolution around the sun.  We also talked about the seasons being flip flopped in the hemispheres and why! Right now, countries in the Southern Hemisphere are in the fall season and winter is fast approaching!

We will explore the moon this week.  Astronauts have landed and explored the moon's surface.  What was discovered?  Lunar rovers will be discussed this week, too.  Students will also partake in an experiment involving calculating how far they could jump on the moon based on how far they jump here on Earth!

Reading-   For the next two weeks we will be reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane written by Kate DiCamillo.  From the book's front flap, "Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes' camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the streets of Memphis.  And along the way, we are shown a true miracle - that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again."    It is a great book with a great message!  With this book we will track Edward's journey in sequence, write a few short summaries, and learn some new vocabulary words.

Declamations Round 2 is Monday!  The 8 finalists will be announced on Tuesday.

English-   We spent time last week brainstorming some persuasive writing ideas that appeal to 4th graders.  This week, students will narrow down their ideas to one topic to write about.  We'll be working our way through The Writing Process from brainstorming to publishing.  

Math-We'll work with decimal basics this week and explore how they are related to fractions, money, percentages, and the metric system (measuring distance in particular). We'll try to have a little fun along the way too by creating some equivalent decimal cootie-catchers and by playing some interactive decimal games as well.  As luck would have it, our NUMBER CORNER has us using decimals this month too.

Social Studies: Michigan is so much more than the car capital of the world!! Did you know we're the magic capital too?  This week as we get ready for Michigan Week we'll learn about important Michigan products and even discover how cereal was invented because of a BIG MISTAKE!  We'll look at Michigan's fruit belt and understand why this area's climate is PERFECT for growing fruit.  We'll recognize some BIG Michigan names.....Vernor's, Faygo, Jiffy, Domino's, Hush Puppies, Kelloggs, Gerber, Steelcase, Bob Evans, Amway. What a fun way to jump into May!

 Mrs. Gmeiner, Mrs. Morrison, Mrs. Frechette

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Royal Oak, MI 48067

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