Caravel Chronicle

April Edition

Important Dates


May 30 - Science Final Exam (and Early Release Day)

May 31 - ELA EOG

June 1 - Math EOG

June 3 - Social Studies Final Exam

April 5 - Report cards are available online (please have your student request a printed report card if you are unable to view it)

April 6 - 8: Ms. DeCorah out (on Mountains to Sea trip)

April 8 - March Create project and PSJ due

April 22 - Early Release

April 26 - LAST Reading Raiders Meeting (The Great Greene Heist)

April 28 - Arboretum field trip

May 6 - April PSJ and Create Project Due

What's Happening in our Classes

Language Arts and Social Studies

Language Arts- We have completed our Folklore unit, where we read myths, tall tales, fables, etc. Students wrote their own myths to explain how Medusa got her snake hair. I was blown away by the creativity and effort put into these projects! Thank you parents for your support!

We are beginning our last unit for the year, titled Figure It Out. We will review parts of speech, poetry, figurative language, and will conclude our unit with a research project. Since we will be studying the Middle Ages in Social Studies, our research project will require students to answer a question about a person or concept from this time period. Much like an argumentative essay, students will research their topic and make a claim that they can support with evidence. Some of the topics include: Crusades- Religious Quest or Military Conquests?, Knights vs. Samurai – Alike or Different?, Robin Hood: Fact or Fiction?, King Richard the Lion Hearted: Hero or Villain?, Joan of Arc: Heroine or Heretic?, Vikings: Brutal Barbarians or Civilized Society?, Castles: Fashion or Function?

All research will be done at school, and students will be given ample time to complete their presentations in class.

Social Studies- We are currently studying Ancient Rome. We are learning about the geography, government origins and structures, social classes, and achievements. The test date will be forthcoming. As always, students will receive a study guide that can be used on the test, and if completed, can be turned in for extra credit. Next, we will study the Middle Ages. Students are already excited to learn about the plague! We will also create infomercials using iMovie to "sell" some of the innovations developed during this time period.

Medusa Projects

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Math and Science

Math - We have just begun out LAST unit for this year on Statistics. Students will learn how to collect, organize and interpret data through asking questions and collecting numbers. They will learn how to calculate the mean, median, mode and range of their data set. Organize their data into different graphs such as dot plots, histograms and box plots. Lastly, students will also learn how to find the Interquartile range of a set of data and calculate the Mean Absolute Deviation with this data. Please contact me if you work with statistics everyday and how you use them, I would love to have you come in and speak to the class, or just provide an example of how this is used in everyday life. Thank you in advance!

Science - We have begun our next unit on Soil, which will lead into Plants later on this month. We will talk about the different types of soil, how soil is created, and why it is important to have and to maintain. At the end of this month we will go from soil into Flowering Plants, with a field trip to the North Carolina Arboretum, more information will be going home with students soon, but if you are interested in being a chaperone, please contact me and I will put you on the list. The science teachers have not yet decided who will go when, but Rugby's dates are April 27, 28 and 29. Our date will be on the letter that will go home with students about the trip and the cost associated with it. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Volcano and Edible Earthquake Proof Structures in Science!