Week of September 19-23


With the completion of NWEA testing and makeups, we will begin using the basal reading series, Treasures, by reading the selection, First Day Jitters. In this story students will analyze the story structure by identifying the characters, plot, and setting. It is important that students specifically look for these elements as they first learn them. It is through exposure and practice that readers become good at using these elements to comprehend text. There are ways to help your child with this strategy while reading at home. When reading a story with your child, discuss the character. Begin by asking your child who or what the story is about. After determining the character, see if your child is able to tell you where and when the story occurs. Ask your child how they were able to determine the setting? Did he/she use pictures, words, or infer to establish the setting? Continue to read the selection and discuss with your child important events that occur in the story. Ask your child what the problem is in the story and how the problem was solved. Conclude the story by talking about the theme of the story. The theme is the underlying message, or meaning, of the story. Encourage your child to use what they know about the characters, setting, and plot to help determine the theme. Students used a graphic organizer in Google Classroom to help them identify these story elements!


On Monday, your child will have a list of spelling words in their Bath Bee folder. Please make sure to provide time for them to practice daily. This will help bring success and confidence for the spelling test, given each Friday, and help while writing. They can also go to http://www.spellingcity.com/clwood/ (a link is on the blog) to find additional fun ways to practice spelling words. This week’s words have short vowels and are found under Unit 1, Week 1 at spellingcity.com.


A personal narrative tells a true story about a writer's life. Its main purpose may be to entertain or inform. The following features are included in a Personal Narrative:

  • It is written in the first person, using words such as I and my.
  • It uses time-order words to tell events in a sequence.
  • It expresses the writer's personal feelings.

We began planning for our drafts last week and will publish a Personal Narrative over the next couple of weeks,

Mystery Science

Students began a unit on plants, plants parts, and flowers this week. We are focusing on our Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) as well as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Michigan. The unit is called "Powers of Flowers" from Mystery Science. Mystery Science provides ready-made science mysteries for elementary school students. Each lesson contains a central mystery, discussion questions, supplemental reading, and a hands-on activities. This unit develops the idea that by studying how plants reproduce and pass on their traits, human beings have figured out how to make food plants even more useful to us. Students first discover how plants reproduce by exploring the process of pollination and fruiting. Then students are introduced to the process of plant domestication (selection of traits based on inheritance and variation). Each "mystery" ends with an opportunity for students to reflect on their learning in a written response. A less sophisticated response (just the facts) will earn 4 points per question and a more sophisticated response (more detail and application) will earn 5 points each. At the end of the four (4) mysteries, there will be a unit assessment. The 4 mystery assessments can be used as a study guide for the summative assessment at the end of the unit. The 4 mysteries (lessons) are:

1. Flowering and Reproduction

2. Reproduction

3. Inheritance, Traits, and Selection

4. Fruiting and Reproduction

This week we learned about flowers: what they do for the plant, how they work, and more. We solved the mystery and essential question, “Why do plants grow flowers?” (It’s to attract pollinators!) You can help reinforce this week’s learning by asking your child to find a flower in the house, yard, or neighborhood. Ask your child, “What has to happen, in order for this plant to grow seeds?"

Classroom W.I.G.

As part of being a Leader in Me school, we set a Wildly Important Goal (WIG) last week. WIGs are the vital few goals that must be accomplished in order to be successful. Another way to think about the “G” in WIG is gap. In what area is there a gap between where we are now and where we need to be? That’s where a WIG is created. A WIG is expressed in a statement that is specific, measurable, and time-bound. For example, “Learn all multiplication facts from the 3’s through the 6’s by December 15.” Having a specific goal helps students see where they need to be and by when. We brainstormed many ideas that had to do with behaviors and academics. Since it is September and we are working on classroom expectations and routines, we decided our first WIG would have to do with lining up and walking in the hallway. We will measure how many times it takes us to do it correctly for the next 6 weeks. Be sure to ask your child how we're doing!
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Morning Gym

Mr. Saylor is requesting that students have a second pair of shoes and socks for early morning class. Our Special time is 8:55-9:40 AM and there is often heavy dew on the grass in the fall. Students will stay more comfortable if they are able to change their shoes and socks. An extra pair of shoes and socks can be kept in the locker. Check the Specials calendar here on the blog for Gym days.

Spirit Week

Homecoming Week is September 19-23. In keeping with celebrations throughout the District and the Leader in Me, the Elementary building will also celebrate with the following days:

MONDAY -- Superhero Day Be Proactive -- Leaders are Superheroes

TUESDAY -- Dress Up Day (Picture Day) -- Begin with the End in Mind -- Dress for Success

WEDNESDAY -- Mustache/Crazy hair Day -- Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood -- Tolerance

THURSDAY -- Pajama Day -- Sharpen the Saw

FRIDAY -- Bath Spirit Day (Blue and White) -- Think Win-Win

Important Dates

September 20 Picture Day

September 26 School Fundraiser ends

September 28 Popcorn Day -- 50 cents a bag

October 27 School Fundraiser delivery/payment due (3:45-5:30 pm in Cafeteria)

October 28 Halloween Parade and Party