Thursday, April 12, 2012

I'm so proud of how hard the class worked this week on their earthquake projects.  I've learned a lot alongside them.  I can't wait to see their finished products (you'll get to see them at conferences).

The class has also worked very hard on the reading portion of the state test.  I appreciate how careful everyone is being and it's paying off.  Students who aren't done will join Mr. Morgan's class when they test on Monday and Tuesday.  There isn't a time limit so students are able to take their time and do their best.  I will share scores with you at conferences.

This week's homework is up on the blog.  Math still says due April 12 but, if you click on it, it's the correct one.  Mr. Morgan is out sick today so you'll find the storyline assignment below.
Extreme Weather and Natural Disasters Homework #11
Due Friday, April 20, 2012

For homework this week, come up with an artistic representation that demonstrates something you know about earthquakes and/or tsunamis.  This is fairly open-ended so be creative and informative as possible.  Some ideas that the class came up with:
Ø    A model of the Earth and its layers.
Ø    A model showing different ways tectonic plates can move.
Ø    A song or poem with earthquake/tsunami facts.
Ø    A focused skit/puppet show that is relevant and on topic.
Ø    A diorama.
Ø    A mobile.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 6, 2012

This week, students began working on their earthquake research project.  They've taken lots of notes and will soon be organizing all of their interesting facts into coherent, organized paragraphs.  For homework this week, students will be working on the "optional" portion of the project.  Whatever support you can give at home would be both helpful and appreciated.

We've been working on shapes and angles in math but I decided to send home some Math 4 Today pages for homework as they include such a wide variety of concepts.  This is good practice for the math test coming up at the end of the month.

Please remember that next week we will begin (and hopefully finish) the reading portion of the state test.  Students will go to the computer lab right after recess on Wednesday and Thursday.  Please make sure your child has a healthy snack to eat before recess.

Student-led conferences are less than two weeks away.  During the conference, you child will be sharing some work with you and we'll go over the goals set earlier in the year.  I'll also share the state reading test results with you as well as some other assessments.  Your child should have come home with a yellow conference sign-up form today.  Please return it as soon as possible; I assign conference times on a first come, first served basis.

Have a wonderful, partly sunny weekend!