Ms. Kilar's Class News

Friday, January 15, 2016

Camp Wolverine

I'm sure you've got a tired camper at home! The students had a wonderful time. I was so impressed with their behavior, cooperation, and participation! It was wonderful to see them having fun and working together. I've attached a few videos and pictures of camp activities.

This overnight of course wouldn't be possible without all the wonderful parent volunteers who gave up two days to spend with us. A huge thanks goes out to Mrs. Gretzinger, Mr. Shepherd, Mr. Mesner, Mr. Chamberlin, Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman, Mr. and Mrs. Lauria, and Mr. and Mrs. Gorney

Language Arts

  • Reading: We read a historical fiction story about the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and reviewed sequencing of events in a story.
  • Writing: We wrapped up our explanatory essays and briefly talked about problem-solution essays.
  • Grammar: We worked on possessive nouns.
  • Spelling: Words ending with -ed and -ing


Last week we continued to work on interpreting remainders in word problems (very challenging!!). Students also learned how to use basic facts and place value to divide numbers through thousands by whole numbers through 10 (i.e. 35,000 divided by 7). While many of the students are finding division to be quite challenging, those who know their multiplication facts inside and out are having an easier time than those who are not yet proficient with their facts. Keep practicing!

Science and Social Studies

  • Science: This week in science we learned about how energy and motion are related. We also talked about how energy is transferred. Students created a simple experiment to test their thoughts on how energy is transferred from colliding objects. At camp students went on an eco hike and learned about the ecology of a northern Michigan forest.
  • Social Studies: We started talking about Mini-Society and learned basic economic concepts. Our first lesson was about scarcity, it involved a snickers bar, ask your child about the lesson. At camp we had a lesson about pioneer life in northern Michigan and the children used pioneer tools to make a stool.


  • Last week's homework is due on Monday, Jan. 18
  • We'll have our spelling test on Monday
  • The new Friday folder and homework will come home on Monday and be due as usual, on Thursday.

Upcoming Dates

  • Jan. 18 - Spelling Test
  • Jan. 18 - Friday folder and homework folder coming home
  • Jan. 21 - Homework Due
  • Jan. 21 - Spelling Test
  • Feb. 11 - Valentine Sledding at Kiwanis
  • Feb. 12 - No School
  • Feb. 15 - No School

Specials Schedule

  • Monday - Art
  • Tuesday -Library
  • Wednesday -Gym
  • Thursday -Music/Library
  • Friday -Art
Zip line at camp
Camp songs
Wolverine 2016