Weekly Blast

Week of May 16th

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 16th- Early Release Day

Thursday, May 19th- International Bazaar

Friday, May 20th- ELA Homework Due, Science End of Year Assessment

Monday, May 23rd- Battle of the Books

Thursday, May 26th- Field Trip to Animal Kingdom

Tuesday, May 31st- All books due to the Media Center

Friday, June 3rd- Field Day

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STEM Unit of Study: Interdependence

Investigative Question: How does tourism impact the economy and the quality of life of it's environment?

Task: You've been commissioned by the city of Tampa to build a tourist attraction in the field behind TBK8. Create a proposal to persuade the city of Tampa to select your tourist attraction.


Instructional Focus...

We will be working through our Social Studies LDC on Florida Tourism and Economy this week. Students will be reading and analyzing a primary source (tourism flyer) and a secondary source (article) to learn about the economic impact tourism has on Florida's economy. We will also be reading an article titled, "Riding the Rails to Sunshine" to determine how automobiles changed tourism in Florida and affected Florida's economy.

This week students will:

  • determine the main idea of a primary source
  • summarize information they record on a note taking guide
  • develop a clear understanding of what they must know and be able to do to successfully complete their Unit of Study task


  • 1 Reading Response using Seesaw (make sure to post in the reading response folder)
  • Read 30 minutes each night
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Instructional Focus...

We will be continuing to review multiplication and division through project based learning this week. Students will be working in small groups as wildlife biologists who are interested in saving the black-footed ferret from becoming extinct. They will be establishing a new ferret-breeding program at the Lowry Park Zoo and will need to create a presentation for the zoo that includes their records about the ferrets that they can share with other breeders. Students will be presenting their projects to the class by the end of this week.

Students will:

  • Solve multi-step word problems using the 4 operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted.
  • Represent problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity.
  • Multiply a whole number of up to 4 digits by a one-digit whole number.
  • Multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations.
  • Find whole number quotients

Think Central Resources:

Animated Math Model Skills 9-20


Instructional Focus...

Students will continue to explain how although characteristics of animals are inherited, some characteristics can be affected by the environment. They will also be comparing and contrasting the major stages in the life cycles of Florida animals, such as those that undergo incomplete and complete metamorphosis and recognizing that animal behaviors may be shaped by heredity and learning.

**Students will be taking their End of Year Science Assessment on Friday this week.

**Our test for this chapter will be taken next week.

Essential Question:

  • How would you explain how animals have certain characteristics?
  • How the the major stages of Florida animals compare?
  • How do heredity and learning shape animal behavior?

National Geographic:

Login to http://www.myngconnect.com

Username: Student Number

Password: hMM/YYYY (letter h followed by birthday month and year ie: h112006)

There are vocabulary and enrichment assignments that can be completed for additional practice on myngconnect!

MyOn Connections:

From Caterpillar to Butterfly: Following the Life Cycle -Suzanne Slade

From Tadpole to Frog: Following the Life Cycle -Suzanne Slade

From Mealworm to Beetle: Following the Life Cycle -Suzanne Slade

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Book Fair is open this week in the Media Center! We previewed the Book Fair on Friday and created wish lists!


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