Ms. Kilar's Class News

Friday, April 29, 2016

Language Arts

  • Reading: This week we read a non-fiction story about the giant Sequoia trees. We reviewed how graphic features add meaning to the text. We also spent time reviewing practice questions for the M-Step.
  • Writing: Our focus this week was on taking notes for our biography report. There is a note in the Friday folder with more information about the biography report. Please email or call if you have any questions. *Please be sure to read the note in the Friday folder about Night at the Museum.
  • Grammar: We reviewed correct end punctuation and punctuating dialogue.

Andy Griffiths

We had such a wonderful presentation thanks to our local bookstore Between the Covers! Author of "13-Story Treehouse" series Andy Griffiths came to Harbor Springs to speak to our elementary students! He was very funny and got the students motivated about reading.

http://www.andygriffiths.com.au

Math

This week students learned how to rename a mixed number (3 1/2) as a fraction and rename an improper fraction (7/2) as a mixed number. They also learned how to add and subtract mixed numbers.

Science and Social Studies

  • Science: We wrapped up our unit on waves and information. We learned about how patterns can be used to send messages. Students worked in a small group to design and test a digital device to send words using Morse code and pictures using 1s and 0s. They were very creative with this investigation.
  • Social Studies: We finished talking about the three branches of government. We also learned and read about the Harbor Point Lighthouse, which we'll be visiting on Tuesday, May 3.

M-Step Testing and Ipads

All iPads and chargers need to be returned to school on Friday, May 5. We start testing the following week and I want to be sure all iPads are charged and ready to rock! iPads will only come home a few nights after that to work on the biography project.

Important Dates

  • May 3 -- Field trip to Harbor Point Lighthouse in the afternoon (1pm-2:30pm)
  • May 9 - M-Step testing begins for 4th grade
  • May 10 - M-Step
  • May 17 - M-Step
  • May 18 - M-Step
  • May 19 - M-Step
  • May 18-Night at the Museum
  • June 2 - Field trip to Tahquamenon Falls and Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum (Returning around 6:30)
  • June 9 - Sleeping Bear Dunes (we will be returning around 6:30pm)

  • If you'd like to send in a treat for the kids on one of the M-Step testing dates please let me know. I know they would appreciate a treat for their hard work and concentration.
  • If you know you'd like to help chaperone one of our June field trips please let me know.

Specials Schedule

  • Monday - Art
  • Tuesday - Library
  • Wednesday - Gym
  • Thursday -Music/Library
  • Friday - Art

Homework

  • Spelling - Spelling list and spelling homework. The spelling list is also updated on Spelling City for the students to practice.
  • Math - Worksheet
  • Reading - Cause and effect story and graphic organizer