Weekly Blast

Week of March 21, 2016

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 21- Early Release Day

Wednesday, March 23- Unit 11 Math Assessment

Friday, March 25- No School

Thursday, March 31- FSA Math Session 1

Friday, April 1- FSA Math Session 2

STEM Unit of Study

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We will be continuing our STEM Unit of Study this week focusing on Exploration. Our task over the upcoming weeks will be to write, create, and share the ways geographical regions affect daily life. Students will be making connections to our Investigate Question and Summative Task daily in each academic area.


This week we will be examining a characters' actions and how they contribute to the theme of a story, as well as discussing and understanding the meaning of idioms and why an author uses them by reading the text, "The World According to Humphrey" and analyzing an advertisement.


An FSA Practice assignment will be sent home on Wednesday, March 23. This will be due on Monday, following our 3-day weekend.

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Students will be taking their assessment on Unit 11: Divide by 1-Digit Divisors on Wednesday, March 23rd. We will then be reviewing for our Math FSA coming up next week. Students will be completing review problems for homework nightly in preparation and we will review these problems together in class. We will resume with our Units following FSA.

I will also be sending home an attachment with new letter paper (math related) to write another note to our mathematicians! I will send home paper copies on Monday next week :)

  • Please continue to utilize Think Central and all parent letters that have gone home this year to practice nightly for FSA!
Blank Test- FSA (originally Blank Space by Taylor Swift)



We will be starting our new chapter investigating the movement of the sun, moon, earth, and other stars. Students will be able to observe that the patterns of stars in the sky stay the same although they may appear to shift across the sky nightly and that different stars can be seen in different seasons. They will also recognize that Earth revolves around the sun in a year and rotates on its axis in a 24-hour day.

Essential Questions:

  • How can you explain the way the night sky appears to change?
  • How would you describe the Earth's movement in the Solar System?

MyOn Connections:

Constellations -Martha Rustad

How Long is a Day? -Claire Clark

The Moon Book -Layne de Marin

The Moon Book -Gail Gibbons

See the StudyJams below for a little review!