Poem by Drew

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Blue
Blue tastes like
the salt in the ocean
Blue
It smells like
the fresh morning air
Blue
It feels like
the breeze on a quiet afternoon
Blue
It sounds like
the splash of the ocean
on a calm quiet day
Blue
Blue is relaxing on a
warm sunny day!

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Race to 6:00

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Do you have some dice and are you interested in practicing elapsed time with multiplication during the summer? We have the game for you! It is called Race to 6:00. It is a great game to play that practices previously learned skills in a fun way.

Directions: Start at 12:00. Roll the dice and multiply the two numbers together.  Increase your time by that amount of minutes. The first player to reach 6:00 is the winner. (You can keep track using a piece of paper)

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Final History Test is on Friday

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Your child is bringing home a review sheet today. Here is the information in case it was misplaced:

  • What are two ways we learn about the past? maps, diaries, artifacts, old papers, old pictures, internet
  • Who were the earliest people to live in Michigan? Native Americans, Three Fires, Hopewell
  • The first American Indians left artifacts. What is an artifact? Give an example of an artifact they left. An artifact is an item from the past. An arrowhead is an example.
  • Why did the French come to Michigan? They were looking for a route to China and stayed for beaver fur.
  • The French built forts because: to protect the fur trade from the British.
  • Who won the war? Then what happened? The British won and then took over the fur, forts and Michigan.
  • What were some challenges that early pioneers faced? The pioneers needed to cross the mountains, avoid dangerous animals, travel without roads and would get lost easily.
  • Michigan was part of the North West Territory before it became a state.
  • Michigan became a state on January 26, 1837.
  • It was the 26th state of the United States.
  • What did Michigan need to do to become a state?
  1. 60,000 people
  2. laws
  3. solve the Toledo Conflict
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Living Museum

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Slideshow Video

The students did an amazing of presenting what they know. I was very impressed with their ability to memorize and present speeches with great eye contact! I couldn’t believe the inferencing skills that they used to write the Bio poems. The time and effort that they put into their projects was certainly evident! Thank you for supporting us and for stopping by to listen to some of our students. We couldn’t have done this without you!

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Government Test

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We have been learning about Michigan’s government during a portion of our math block. There will be a test on Wednesday, May 31st. A review sheet came home on Friday.

  • Judicial Branch: Supreme Court, Judges, interpret laws
  • Executive Branch: Governor, enforce laws
  • Legislative Branch: Senate, House of Representatives, make laws
  1. Why do we have 3 branches of government and not just one? We have three branches so that no one has too much power.
  2. What is the Constitution? A written plan for government with a list of rights people have.
  3. What is Popular Sovereignty? It is the right to vote to make decisions.
  4. What is the Capital of Michigan? Lansing
  5. How do senators, representatives, and governors get their jobs? They are elected.
  6. What happens if the governor signs a bill? It becomes a law.
  7. What is a veto? If the governor thinks a law is wrong he/she can veto (reject) the law.
  8. We also discussed what the local and state government provides.
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Talent Show

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Students in grades 3-5 will showcase their talents on Friday, June 2.  There will be two shows and a series of video taped performances released early.

We know that many of you are unable to leave work to watch the performances.  With parent permission, we will video tape the shows for you and release them on youtube — no name used to identify the performers.  If your child is in the show and you would like a video tape the performance  complete this form.

The performance times found here.

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