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
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.
Math and Science
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.