Michigan Regions Test on Thursday

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Your child should have brought a study guide home today. They will need to locate the regions on a Michigan map, as well as, know the following:

Michigan Regions

  • Upper Peninsula: forests, copper range, mountains, waterfalls, wild life
  • Lower Peninsula: factories, farmland, more roads, more cities, more people, traffic, longest rivers
  • Superior Upland: mountains–rocky land
  • Central Low Land: flat land with a few hills
  • Upper Peninsula: short growing season, lots of natural resources
  • Northern Lower Peninsula: sandy soil, lots of tourists
  • Southern Lower Peninsula: flat land for farms

Smaller Regions within Michigan

  • Thumb: looks like the shape of a thumb
  • Fruit Belt: a lot of fruit is grown on the west side of Michigan
  • Straits of Mackinac: Where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron come together
  • Metropolitan Detroit: Largest population in Michigan and the most jobs

Michigan is Part of a Larger Region

  • Midwest: Lots of flat farmland (Heart land, Bread Basket)
  • Great Lakes Region: All the states in this region touch at least one Great Lake.

Michigan Movement Test

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We have a Michigan Movement test on Tuesday. The students are bringing home a review paper today. Here are the questions if they misplaced the materials:

  • What is one reason a person might move within Michigan?
  • What is one reason a person might move out of Michigan?
  • What are two ways goods move into and out of Michigan?
  • Why do goods move?
  • What are two ways information or ideas, move in and out of Michigan?
  • What is an example of something moving into Michigan that people did not want?

Informational/Research Writing

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We are wrapping up our biography unit for reading and are moving on to research in writing. Today the students have chosen a person that they read about or that they wanted to know more about after looking at the following sites:

Everyone in the room has a different person (therefore if you decide to change your person, please check with me first). We would like to have them bring in additional facts to supplement the materials that they have here. Please bring in printed articles or books from the local library for Friday. Looking ahead…the students will be writing speeches/presentations at school and completing a poster project in the upcoming months at home for a Living Bio Museum (Presentation May 26th at 1:15) on the person that they have researched.

They will be expected to gather information about the following:

  • birth date and place
  • death/or where and what they are doing now
  • a childhood story
  • hobbies or interests
  • why they are famous
  • challenges/problems the person faced
  • Interesting facts
  • greatest achievement/accomplishment of the person

We will be doing lots of research work in class, but any help you can give your child at home would be wonderful.  Please let me know if you have trouble gathering information, so that I can help them here at school.

Next Week Activities

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We want to celebrate reading with a week of activities at the end of March.  During the last week of March, have your child wear/bring the following:

Monday, 3/27: wear a hat with writing on it

Tuesday, 3/28: wear a shirt with writing on it

Wednesday, 3/29: bring your favorite book

Thursday, 3/30: read with a friend and trail mix

Thursday will be Read and Feed Day!  We will be reading much of the day and I’d like to provide a snack for the afternoon.  We will make a GORP style snack with a bunch of mixed foods. Please send in an unwrapped snack to add to our mix. I sent a note home today with an attached sandwich bag. Please return it by Thursday, March 30th. We have a nut allergy in our classroom.

Here are a few ideas: 

  • Cheese-It Crackers
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Oyster Crackers
  • Cereal (Cherrios, Fruit Loops, Lucky Charms)
  • Honey Maid Graham Sticks
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Bugels
  • licorice bites
  • raisins
  • chocolate chips (Meijer/Spartan Brand)
  • mini-marshmallows
  • pretzels (Meijer/Spartan Brand)
  • dried fruit
  • unwrapped fruit snacks
  • skittles

Core Democratic Value Test

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Many are publishing their public issue papers, therefore,  our Core Democratic Values test will be on Friday, March 17th. I reviewed with the students today. If your child lost the flashcards, please click on REVIEW for our previous blog post. As always the students asked if I would have something for them to comment on as a review so I have included a Core Democratic Value video below (please note that they do not need to know all of the CDVs that are included in the video):


M-Step Dates

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The M-STEP State testing for grades 3-5 will take place this spring.  To find out more information about this required statewide test, visit this link: M-STEP: WHAT IT IS and HOW IT WORKS.

Please avoid all doctors appointments and vacation days on the dates that your child is scheduled to participate in the state wide M-STEP testing.  Thank you for your attention to these dates.

NOTE: If your child is ill, we will administer the tests on make-up dates.  Do not send your child to school ill.  We ask only that you avoid late arrivals, doctor appointments and vacation days on the dates listed below: