Volume 1, Issue 18: January 19, 2018
We did a lot of fun things this week, so please take a look at this week's news, upcoming events and information! Please look in your email for an important MAP email from me about your child's results. Let me know if you have any questions, comments or would like to request a conference.
Also, we are REALLY in need of volunteers for the STEM Career Day coming in February. Please see below for the flyer and let me know ASAP if you or someone you know could volunteer!!!
-Ms. Kate Martin
Pictures of the Week
Soil Erosion Experts!
Mr. Chris LaFave and Mr. Demar Byas from the Oakland County Water Resources Commission came in to speak with the students about how they prevent and control soil erosion in our community.
Soil Erosion Experts
The students listen attentively to the presenters information.
Soil Erosion Experts
The students had so many great questions!
Soil Erosion Experts!
Leah and Kailey determine if a steeper slope impacts the erosion rate.
Reiss, Luca and Gabe determine what happens to the rate of erosion with a gentle slope.
Wyatt, Xavier and James determine if vegetation slows or speeds up erosion.
Ashwith, Fletcher and Isaac discuss why there was less deposition when they had vegetation on top of the soil.
The students drive our VEX robot!
Social Work Lesson
Students sort words into groups and discuss the read-aloud book from the social work lesson.
Writing: We began began researching to prepare for writing a nonfiction book. Some students started writing their drafts.
Reading: We continued learning about analyzing nonfiction books and passages. The students will finish this unit next week.
Math: We reviewed what we've learned this year and took the MAP Math test.
Science: We started our Earth Systems PBL and heard from a soil erosion expert from Oakland County!
Enrichment: We had a lesson on perfectionism, and also started our new Enrichment project! (3rd enrichment project) The students chose....
Looking Forward to Next Week
- Math: Orange Group: Continuing decimals and fractions unit. Blue Group: Finishing algebra unit. Purple Group: Continuing place value unit.
- Reading: We will finish our nonfiction unit!
- Writing: Writing informational texts.
- Science: We will continue our PBL on earth systems.
- Enrichment: We will continue the 3rd enrichment project.
Character Trait of the Week: Focus
STEM Career Day Volunteers Needed!
Woodland’s STEM Career Day will take place on Friday, February 9th, 2018 from 1:30-3:00. Please consider signing up to present to Woodland students in grades 3-5 for our upcoming STEM Career Day! If you are interested, please either print and detach the bottom of this form or e-mail me with this information by January 19th.
This week many students received a list of missing work. These items must be turned in as soon as possible. When we return from break, I'll try to give students a sticky note with missing work items on a weekly basis. I'm hoping students will become more responsible about assignments, projects and homework!
A NEW late work policy will begin January 8th for my classroom. Students will receive -%5 off for each day any homework or project is turned in more than a day late. This means students will get a 1 day grace period. For example: If a project was due on Tuesday but was turned in on Thursday, it would be -5% off of the grade they earned. Keep in mind, absences a different situation. Students receive one day extra time for each day they are absent.
Winter MAP Testing
We took the Winter Reading MAP test on 1/10/17, and the Math MAP test will be on 1/17. The winter MAP test is used as formative data to determine how students are progressing toward their growth goals. I am looking for students to grow by at least half of their spring growth goals. Some key points we will focus on are making sure we are reading within our Lexile level and making sure we are reading a minimum of 20 minutes at home every night. Remember that more information for parents about the MAP test can be found on my website: http://katemartingt.weebly.com/parent-resources.html
Lansing Field Trip
The Lansing Field Trip is scheduled for Friday, April 13. All 3/4 GT students will attend this field trip with the rest of the Woodland 4th graders.
We will be visiting the Impressions 5 Science Center in the morning and our Capitol Tours are in the afternoon. We will be leaving Lansing by 4pm.
More information and logistics to come.
-Independent Reading: Minimum 20 minutes
-Literature Circles: Reading and "job"
-www.learnzillion.com: Assignments on Google Classroom
-Daily math homework M-Th
- Please check your child's agenda nightly by initialing under "Parent Signature". I will also initial it in the morning to confirm they have written the correct information down.
- Friday Folders: They were sent home today! Please take out all the sheets and return the folder MONDAY.
- Bagel Sales! Pre-Order on Wednesdays of each week. All varieties cost $1, cash only. Bagels are delivered on Fridays.
- Order online at www.scholastic.com and use our class code R3CHK if you need books!