The children have chosen an animal to research. Please assist your child in gathering facts from books or the internet. I did come across a wonderful website to help you with gathering information http://a-z-animals.com/ . It would be wonderful if they could list 5 of the animal’s adaptations and how it helps the animal survive. Other things that they might like to take notes on would be the following:
what it eats
physical characteristics of the animal
Please let me know if you have trouble gathering information, so that I can help them here in the morning. The children will be working on a project at school with the notes that they have. Thanks!
Our Halloween party is scheduled for October 31st from 12:45-1:30. The children can put their costumes on right after lunch and change out of their costumes if they don’t want to wear them out to recess. We have some amazing parents planning the activities for the party! Thank you in advance for your help!
Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 will be taking the state assessment test (MEAP) beginning Tuesday, October 11 and continue on October 12, 13 and 18.
All students must be present during the full testing period on each of these four days. If your child is sick on a testing day, KEEP THEM HOME FROM SCHOOL! Your child will be allowed to make up the test on specific make-up days the following week.
Please help your child to be prepared for the tests with adequate sleep and breakfast. Rest and a healthy diet provide the best foundation for learning daily…and especially on test days.
The schedule for MEAP tests for each grade is as follows:
(I think Nathan was pretending to blow out candles)
Happy Birthday Nathan! We asked Nathan ten questions and found out a little bit more about him. Nathan’s favorite college is Grand Valley because his cousin goes there. His favorite animal is the lizard. He likes to catch both lizards and snakes. Green is his favorite color. His favorite place is Florida. Target is his favorite store “cuz there’s awesome stuff!” His favorite sport is football. Science is his favorite subject at school. He likes milk chocolate. He wasn’t sure what he wanted to be when he grows up but liked Mr. Gort’s suggestion of an astronaut. Thanks Nathan for sharing your special day with us!
We had an amazing week of learning that ended with practicing drills (tornado, fire and lock down drill). In Social Studies, we were exploring maps, planning trips and discussing our natural resources. The children brought home the Michigan map project (which is due on Thursday). Feel free to decorate the paper anyway that you choose. In math we have completed Unit 2 Geometry. There will be a test on Tuesday and the review will be completed in class on Monday. The children will need to know the following terms:
line and line segment
In writing, we have finished our first published piece. The kids stories are AMAZING! They are starting to include inner thoughts in their pieces. Ty was extremely brave to allow us to use his paper for peer response. We read his selection twice, found a terrible trait (or something to improve), provided examples, applied our suggestions and told why. Ask the kids to sing you the song. During reading we were talking about expository text features, which fit in nicely with our plant adaptation projects.
Next week, we will have the M.E.A.P. on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Please make sure that your child has a good breakfast on these days. They are prepared and think that is will be easy because we did talk about what to expect.
Many students commented that they did not have time to study this past weekend for our Social Studies quiz on the vegetation and climate in Michigan. The scores reflected these comments. I will be reteaching the students that struggled during break time tomorrow. If your child received a score of 1, the retest will be on Wednesday. Here are some facts that you can review with your child at home:
Michigan has a lot of forests.
Michigan has both National and State forests.
In some forests trees are grown to sell to make things like paper.
There are a lot of forests in the upper Peninsula.
There are a lot of orchards in Michigan.
Orchards are often found along the shores of the Great Lakes.
Michigan has four seasons.
The Great Lakes affect Michigan’s climate.
Higher areas have colder temperatures.
The Upper Peninsula tends to be colder than the lower Peninsula.
Different parts of Michigan have different temperatures and different amounts of precipitation.
Other Important Things
Michigan has many state symbols.
The state symbols stand for the natural characteristics.
The robin and the apple blossom are state symbols.