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Week of March 16, 2015


Math- This week we will begin to understand fractions and look at fractions that add to one (i.e. 1/3 + 1/3 + 1/3 = 1; or 2/3 + 1/3 = 1)

Social Studies - This week we will look at what kind of government we have in the United States. Students will also work in groups to design a government for a group of people on an island where there is no government.

Reading - This week we will learn to read significant passages extra carefully to grow ideas. We will also build important ideas from small details in the stories that we are reading. We will do this as a large group in our class reading of Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen, and and in small groups when students meet in their book clubs to take about their adventure/survival story.

Writing - This week will finish publishing our non-fiction pieces. We will share them in class, and then complete our final writing assignment for this unit (on-demand writing piece.)

Science -Science will then be put on hold while we focus on Social Studies.

Teacher Notes


Our Lansing trip is finally here! Please have your child arrive to Northwood at 7:45am as we will be leaving promptly at 8:15am. Please be sure to pack a brown bag lunch for your son/daughter with their name clearly labeled on it.

M-STEP Preparation

This spring, all Michigan public school students in grades 3-8 will be taking the M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress). This replaces the MEAP test. The Michigan Department of Education has released a preview, so that students can become familiar with taking this computer based assessment. We will be doing some practice in school using this website, as well as other performance tasks that the state has released (as I mentioned in the "Academics" section above. I encourage you to check out the following link. There is a preview, sample items, and a look at the calculator tool. Don't worry about the calculator, as 4th graders will not have access to it.

(Must use Google Chrome as your browser)

March is Reading Month

Keep encouraging your son/daughter to read each night and turn in their reading tickets!

Each ticket turned in is a chance to will a book, and help our class win the March is Reading Month trophy!