Newsletter 33- 5/18/14

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Coming up, on the 23rd (Friday) and 26th (Monday), of May, we will have no school. Also prepare your children for NWEA!! Next week. Some people in 4/5 are going to be going around the school to talk about little bullying.

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Math

In math, Ms. Pam’s group is drawing big version of a little dragon. Each students is asind a little section of the dragon. You draw it on graph paper. We will soon hang the finished dragon on the wall. Students have just finished their unit on positive and negative integers and has begun working on ratios. In Ms. Kalei’s group we have been working in two groups. Group one has been practicing least common multiple, adding and subtracting fractions, and switching between mixed numbers and improper fractions. In Mr. Jim’s group, kids have been working on some time and currency fluency skills. They have been doing group games to practice these skills.

Readers

This week we have had another meeting for “Hunger Games”, “ 24 Balloons” and “Artemis fowl”. We haven’t had much time after read out loud, so we have just been going into meetings for book clubs. We have had little conversations about what the book ment and who has the power right after read out loud. We have had no teaching points. So thats all for readers workshop, by readers!

Writers

This week on Wednesday we finished our writing pieces. On Friday we had our publishing party! Many people have created beautiful maps and covers in Visual Arts class. On Wednesday we had people finishing up stories. Also, when they finished they could get a special “Editors Badge” and go around and help other edit their stories before they got printed out. Lots of honorable editors typed for other people while the authors dictated. What great cooperation!IMG_4033 IMG_4035 IMG_4037 IMG_4040 IMG_4042 IMG_4044

P3

In P3 this week we worked on learning about how bones and muscles protect organs. Using our background knowledge from P3 last week, we moved into an experiment where students had to design a structure that mimicked the musculoskeletal structure in the protection of a vital organ – a raw egg. Groups had to identify what parts of their structures worked as bones and what worked as muscles. Using a variety of materials, we had groups that survived one, two, and three textbooks dropped on their structure. As our “project” and assessment for this unit, we will be working with IU to do some circuitry work. Permission slips went home last week for the IU folks to use student work in their research. Please let us know if you need a new permission slip.

 

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