We will have a test on Friday. The focus is on Long E (spelled ey, ee, ea, -y).
Regular List: any, asleep, very, only, really, early, family, study, because, money
Challenge List: country, grocery, everyone, raspberry, tweezers, chimney, surgery, sneeze, decrease, freedom
We have combined our Opinion Writer’s Workshop with the Public Issues in Michigan social studies unit. We will be writing our opinion pieces as it relates to a public issue. Our discussions will include public issues in Michigan, our responsibilities as citizens, and Core Democratic Values. There will be a test on Core Democratic Values in March (date to be announced as we get closer to finishing the unit). We are currently working on flashcards at school and a review will be sent home closer to the test date. If you want to begin reviewing the flashcards at home, please click on the picture below:
What are Public Issues?
- Issues are things that people disagree about.
- Public issues are issues that affect a large group of people such as school, community, or state.
- Many times people disagree about how to settle, or resolve public issues.
Why do people disagree on public issues?
- People have different points of view about public issues.
- To understand an issue, you need to look at different points of view.
- Disagreements about public issues are related to core democratic values.
- Core democratic values are things people believe in that bring people together as Americans.
- Some examples of core democratic values are freedom, fairness, and the common good.
Exploring a Public Issue Facing Michigan Citizens
- One problem facing Michigan is our growing use of energy.
- It is important to develop new sources of renewable energy to supply our energy needs.
- Wind farms are a good source of clean, renewable energy.
- Winds are often the strongest off the shorelines of the Great Lakes.
- People disagree over whether or not to allow wind farms in the Great Lakes.
Evaluating Possible Resolutions of Public Issue Facing Michigan Citizens
- People have different viewpoints about how to solve or settle a public issue.
- Understand an issue, citizens need to look at different viewpoints about the issue.
- Understand an issue, citizens also need to think about how core democratic values are connected to the issue.
- When citizens understand an issue, they can make better decisions about how to solve the issue.
We have finished all of our science units. Mrs. Flory will be teaching us Social Studies Tuesday-Friday. Our first geography quiz will be on Tuesday and a review sheet was brought home today. Your child will need to know the following:
Absolute location: is the exact location of a place using an address. (Example: 3909 Baldwin Street)
Relative location: tells where a place is near, by, north of, close to…(Example: Georgetown is next to the football stadium)
Be able to give 3 relative locations for the state of Michigan. (Example: Michigan is East of Wisconsin)
Be able to draw the state of Michigan. Be sure to include the upper and lower peninsulas.