# Mrs. Dickau's Classroom News

## Upcoming Dates

April 16 Junior Achievement
April 19 Mankato Symphony Trip

April 22 & 23 MCA Reading

April 30 & May 2 MCA Math

May 9 Minnesota School of Excellence Assembly

## BOOK PROJECTS- GREAT PRESENTATIONS

We saw some great presentations this past week. There was a noticeable improvement from our first round of presentations. Students took the project seriously and worked hard to do their best.

## MCA DATES

MCA READING APRIL 22 & 23
MCA MATH APRIL 30 & MAY 2

## What's Happening in Math Right Now?

We wrapped up Unit 9 this week. Unit 9 focused on the concept that a fraction can be written as both a decimal and a percent. Ask you child to name the decimal equivalent of:

1/2, 1/4, 3/4, and 1/5. Next time you need to figure out a tip for someone, ask your child for some help.

During small group math we have been practicing strategies and skills that will be on the MCA. There is a site on our class website that will let you see these skills. It is under Math = MCA III

## What to practice on-line

IXL.com is always the answer to this question. There is an additional site that will be valuable as we continue our focus on the upcoming MCA tests. Under math in our website is a link called MCA III. This gives sample problems. You will be able to see what kind of problems your child will be asked to solve. Even though we will work on this site together, there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing it several times. That way the strategy is internalized.

## READING, SPELLING & LANGUAGE, WRITING

Spelling Core Words Unit 28:

Unit 6 Week 5

Reading Theme: The Life and Times of the Ant

Reading Vocabulary Words: astronomer, investigates, solitary, territory, communication, nutrients, prehistoric, overcome

Writing Lesson: Write a Summary