Bacon's Weekly Bits

Friday, May 6, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend with your families. May your Mother's Day be filled with love and laughter. I am so thankful that all you share your children with me on a daily basis. I know you are truly amazing because you have raised such spectacular kiddos!

Week - At - a - Glance

It has been wonderful getting back into our learning routines.

Reading: We worked on inferences. Each day, the kiddos read a "situation" that left out information, and they had to infer what was happening. For example, a situation described "After coloring a cool flame on the side of his race car mailbox, Evan hopped off his chair and strutted over to Jill's desk, and dropped a small white envelope in her princess castle mailbox." The kids had to determine what they already know and what the text said to figure out what was happening: A Valentine's party. Another situation described "Macky stomped on the gas pedal the moment the light turned green. She zipped past a semi-truck...looked at the clock on the console...whipped into a parking spot and entered the terminal to hear 'Final boarding call for flight 205 to JFK' as she looked at her ticket and the security line. But, at least, she could get her morning coffee after all." What could you infer from this situation: Macky was late and she was going to miss her flight. She had a bad morning, but she was able to see the positive by getting a coffee. Ha! We also completed our CFAs.

Writing: The kids worked very hard this week drafting, revising, and starting to edit their informative writing. (If your child is not revising and editing because they are still drafting, they have homework. It is critical they finish this at home.)

Math: We have also worked on Area and Perimeter in math. The skills are very secure with basic rectangle shapes. However, we have spent some time reviewing and reteaching combined rectangles. It takes some problem solving to figure out which sides to use and to find the missing sides, so they can find the areas of combined rectangles. Whoa, hard work.

Science: This week we have started our "What is Energy Conversion?" module. The students began with a story about a food drive and determining how energy would be needed to move the 600+ pounds of food. Students were able to connect that we use chemical energy to fuel our body. Also, they connected how energy converts to mechanical energy when we ride a bike. We constructed a bike to see how energy is used to make it move. Finally, we observed different types of energy and compared similarities and differences.

Social Studies: We worked on researching Government any spare second that we had. We are fitting it in when we can. Kids are using YouTube, our Missouri textbook, Discovery Education, safe searches, and interviews to learn about Government. Look at their packet to see what they are learning. Talk to them about the Government.

Next week:

Reading - finishing book clubs

Writing - publishing Informational Writing

Grammar - verb tenses and complete sentences

Math - measurement

Science - PLTW

Social Studies - Government

Famous Missourians

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 9:15-10:15am and then again from 1:30-2:30pm our class will be transforming into Famous Missourians and participating in the Living Museum. The museum will be located in the cafeteria and gym during those times. Family is encouraged to come and view one of the museum times after signing in at the office. Other grade levels will also be viewing our class’ museum.

During the living museum, each student will do the following:

  1. Be dressed as their Famous Missourian.
  2. Have a Visual Aid to represent their Famous Missourian (poster, tri-fold, diorama, prop, they can be their own visual aid)
  3. Deliver a memorized speech to the audience.
  4. Have fun representing their Famous Missourian while being serious about their character!

Dressing as their Famous Missourian

Each student must dress like their Famous Missourian. All costumes are recommended to be at school on May 13, 2016. If you would like to send in your child’s costume the day before, that would be great as well. If you are having trouble figuring out what your child should wear, please let me know ASAP!!!!

Visual Aid

Each student must have a visual aid for their Famous Missourian. The visual aids can include a poster, diorama, prop, etc. Be creative! Please do not feel like you must go and buy special items for this project. Use what you have at home. Parents must turn in ALL toy guns to the office when they are not being used at the museum and must be picked up by a parent. If you have a special and/or valuable visual aid, you can bring that in the day of the living museum and take it home. Visual aids are due at school on May 13, 2016.


Each student will deliver a memorized speech. In this speech, they will talk as if they are their Famous Missourian. We are working on speeches this week and next week . We will be practicing our memorized speeches here at school. Please have them practice at home as well!