Larkin's Room 159 at a glance... WEEK OF: April 30

 

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS:

  • We’ll be starting a new book, Soft Rain, a historical fiction book about a young girl and her family that have to endure the Trail of Tears. We will focus on theme and story elements.
  • For the remainder of the year, we will not be doing our regular spelling. Instead we’ll be trying out Sumdog spelling. I’m wanting to check it out to see if we want to implement it for spelling next year, so I’ve decided to use the last five weeks of school to see how it goes. There will be no spelling packets or tests for the remainder of the year. (Do I hear cheering?!!)

 

MATH:

*We’ll be finishing up geometry this week…lessons include: polygons, classify triangles, classify quadrilaterals, 3-dimensional figures, volume of prisms, and volume of composite figures.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE OR HEALTH:

  • Social Studies: We’ll be finishing up work on the Revolutionary War. Lessons include: the road to revolution, the revolution begins, fighting the war and a nation is born.
  • Science: We’ll be finishing up ‘Properties of Matter’ – lessons include: What makes up matter? How can matter be described? What are solids, liquids, and gases? What are mixtures and solutions?

 

OTHER HAPPENINGS:

 

  • We’ll be doing our year end MAPS testing Tuesday, May 1, Thursday, May 3 and then a day next week.
  • Just to give you a heads-up about upcoming field trips…

1) We will be going on a field trip to the courthouse in Alma for ‘Law Day’ on the morning of May 8. We get to experience mock trials, jail tours, and viewing a squad car/drug dog/highway truck. It’s a very informational and educational experience.

2) Our other field trip will be Wednesday, May 16, when we go to the Trempealeau Wildlife Refuge for “River Education Days”, organized by the Fish and Wildlife Service. This is an event set up for 5th graders from schools in the region. Each year they have various experts at numerous environmental stations that focus on various aspects of our local environment.

 

  • Ms. Kosidowski’s last day is Wednesday, May 2. I was thinking it’d be nice to get her a C-FC sweatshirt, along with a few other items, as a going away gift. I am hoping that each child could bring in $1.00-$2.00 to help with the cost. We will also all be signing a camp chair to present to her on her last day. We’ll be having a party that day, so everyone is welcome to bring in a treat to share.
Larkin's Room 159 at a glance... WEEK OF: April 23

 

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS:

* In reading we will be working on folktales. Everyone will be keeping a folktale log while they read a variety of folktales. We will concentrate on a few of the subcategories of folktales including tall tales, fairy tales, fables, and creation tales.

*We’ll be doing practice problems for the Forward exam with a focus on constructing well written essays with paired readings.

* Spelling is due Friday. Spelling features include either w before the vowel or Latin roots rupt, tract and mot.

 

MATH:

*We’re working on geometry…lessons include: polygons, classify triangles, classify quadrilaterals, 3-dimensional figures, volume of prisms, and volume of composite figures.

*We’re doing lots of review for our upcoming testing windows.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE OR HEALTH:

  • Social Studies: We are in a unit on the Revolutionary War. Lessons include: the road to revolution, the revolution begins, fighting the war and a nation is born.
  • Science: Properties of Matter – lessons include: What makes up matter? How can matter be described? What are solids, liquids, and gases? What are mixtures and solutions?

 

OTHER HAPPENINGS:

 

  • We’ll be doing the Forward exam state testing the mornings of April 24-5. Please make sure that your child gets plenty of rest.
  • We’ll also be doing our year end MAPS testing the first two weeks of May.
  • Just to give you a heads-up about upcoming field trips…

1) We will be going on a field trip to the courthouse in Alma for ‘Law Day’ on the morning of May 8. We get to experience mock trials, jail tours, and viewing a squad car/drug dog/highway truck. It’s a very informational and educational experience.

2) Our other field trip will be Wednesday, May 16, when we go to the Trempealeau Wildlife Refuge for “River Education Days”, organized by the Fish and Wildlife Service. This is an event set up for 5th graders from schools in the region. Each year they have various experts at numerous environmental stations that focus on various aspects of our local environment. If you are interested in being a chaperone, please let me know.

 

 

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