Update on my son

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Dear Parents,

I wanted to take a moment and update you on my son, Nathan. He continues to have episodes (sometimes as many as four per day). There are times that he does need to go to the hospital but this is rare. We have developed a great plan that allows me to focus on your children when I am at school. My parents are assisting in his care by checking in on Nathan and signing off on the ambulance if needed. This reduces any interruption in your child’s day. 

There are times, however, that I do need to be a mom and focus on his care. Unfortunately we have exhausted all avenues for him in Michigan and just received verification that he will be going to Cleveland Clinic next week for a full team approach. We are very fortunate to have Mrs. Hagberg in our classroom next week because she knows all of the children, their learning styles, and the 3rd grade curriculum. I have scheduled blog posts to update you on the material that they will be covering in class next week. 

Thank you in advance for understanding! I absolutely love your children and will miss them terribly! 

Just a note regarding math…

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The children provide more written responses and are required to explain their thinking. This can be challenging for some because they are use to “knowing it.” Every day they respond to a written math prompt and after every lesson we check for understanding with written responses. Below are some examples of prompts:

  • If 10 apples weigh about the same as 2 textbooks, how many textbooks weigh about the same as 25 apples? Explain your thinking.
  • Jill used water from a 1-liter bottle to estimate the liquid volume of a container. She filled her container and had water left in the bottle. She said the liquid volume of her container was greater than a liter. Was Jill correct? Explain.

Social Studies Quiz Review

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Here is the Michigan Regions Study Guide just in case your child forgot it at school. These are things that they have been reviewing in class. The quiz will be tomorrow during class.

Michigan Regions

  • Upper Peninsula: Mountains, Forests
  • Lower Peninsula: Flat farmland
  • Northern Lower Peninsula: Hills
  • Southern Lower Peninsula: Farming
Smaller Regions Within Michigan
  • Thumb: It’s shaped like a thumb
  • Fruit Belt: They grow a lot of kinds of fruit (West side of Michigan)
  • Straits of Mackinac: Where Lake Michigan & Lake Huron meet
  • Metropolitan Detroit: They have a lot of manufacturing companies & most of the people in Michigan live there.

Michigan is Part of a Larger Region

  • Midwest: Mostly flat farmland
  • Great Lakes Region: All of the states touch at least one Great Lake.

Our Math Focus

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In this unit, students explore ways to measure things using customary and metric systems of measurement. The units of measure we will be working with include:

Students will solve problems that involve liquid volumes or masses given in the same unit by adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing and by using a drawing to represent the problem.

We made a measurement man to help us with the volume of cups, pints, quarts and gallons.

Students will also generate measurement data with halves and fourths of an inch such as hand spans and lengths of standing broad jumps and graph their data in a line plot.

You can help your child become familiar with these units of measure by working with measurements together. For example, you might estimate and measure the length of something in inches. You might use a measuring cup to explore how the cup can be used to fill pints, quarts, or gallons of liquid.

Social Studies Quiz Tomorrow

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Human Environmental Interaction Quiz

Humas have changed the environment by:

  • Cutting down trees for farmland and homes
  • Polluted Great Lakes and rivers
  • Used acres of Farmland to build cities
  • Building on the shoreline made some dunes erode
  • People filled in wetlands

Humans have adapted to the environment by:

  • Build houses with peaked roof because of the snow and rain.
  • Change clothes to match the weather
  • Have furnaces and air conditioners for the changing seasons
  • Use screens to keep bugs out
  • We grow apples instead of oranges