Weekly Blast

Week of April 4th, 2016

Upcoming Events

Monday, April 4th- Early Release Day, Intent Forms Due

Thursday, April 7th- BOB Lunch Bunch

Friday, April 8th- ELA Practice Packet Due, Science Assessment, STEM Awards (Critical Thinking)

Monday, April 11th- Unit 12 Assessment: Perimeter and Area

Tuesday, April 12th- Earth Science Benchmark Assessment

Monday, April 18- FSA ELA Session 1

Tuesday, April 19- FSA ELA 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. We will be starting to wrap up our STEM Unit by completing our STEM Unit Projects this week.


This week, students will be analyzing text structures within and across texts and identifying the point of view of a text by identifying the difference between first and third person narratives. We will be practicing responding to FSA Style questions throughout the week. Students will then compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated.

  • Please utilize the online practice test on www.fsassessments.org for ELA to continue to help becoming familiar with the online portal as students will be taking their FSA on the computers this year!


  • Read 30 minutes each night
  • FSA Practice Packet due on Friday


We will be finishing Unit 12: Area and Perimeter this week and we will take our assessment on Monday, April 11th. Please make sure to utilize Think Central and the resources provided for additional practice at home!

Students will:

  • Compare and contrast perimeter and area
  • Use various strategies to model real world perimeter problems
  • Use various strategies to model real world area problems


Mega Math: Ice-Station Polar Planes Lesson P (in assignments)

Mega Math: Ice-Station Polar Planes Lesson Q (in assignments)

Mega Math: Ice-Station Polar Planes Lesson R (in assignments)

Mega Math: Ice-Station Polar Planes Lesson S (in assignments)

Animated Math Models: Skill 54, 55, 56, 57, 58 (in library)

Click on the links below for StudyJams practice!
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Inquiry Monday:

Students will be building and testing their space lander for our design challenge.


We will be finishing our chapter investigating the movement of the sun, moon, earth, and other stars. Students will be describing the changes in the observable shape of the moon over the course of about a month and will be tested on this chapter on Friday, April 8th. Students should be bringing their notebooks home nightly to prepare for their assessment on Friday, as well as the Earth Science Benchmark Assessment which will be on Tuesday, April 12th. Students will need to take their notebook home to study over the weekend for this assessment.

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?
  • How would you describe the movement of the Sun, Moon, Earth, and other stars?
  • How does the moon appear different in the sky each night?

MyOn Connections:

Constellations -Martha Rustad

How Long is a Day? -Claire Clark

The Moon Book -Layne de Marin

The Moon Book -Gail Gibbons

Click on the links below for StudyJams practice!


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