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Week of March 21, 2016


Math- Our plan this week is to learn how to reduce fractions, use equivalent fractions to make common denominators so that we can compare two fractions with unlike denominators, and finally to generate and use line plots involving fractions.

Writing - This week we will work on creating leads and conclusions to our Personal Narratives. I am hoping that the students can publish these by Open House, so that you can see their work. I am thrilled with their growth as writers this year so far!

Science - This week we will learn about alternate forms of energy, including solar, geothermal, wind, water, and biomass. Students will work in partnerships to create a presentation about one form of alternate energy.

Social Studies -We will discuss the different levels of government, and how they have reserved and shared powers.

Reading- The kids are very excited to get their Historical Fiction books this week! We have been preparing to read these by studying the era using computers and other texts. This week we begin reading. I will teach students that readers analyze the feelings they infer about the time and place of their books. We will also learn how to keep track of story elements (who, what, when, where) in our readers notebooks, and finally, begin tracking a timeline as we read.

Teacher Notes


Thank you to our awesome chaperons who spent their day with us in Lansing. I will share pictures from the trip at Open House next week!

M-STEP Practice

The Department of Education has released some practice items for student to use to prepare for the M-STEP. Although we don't take the M-STEP until May, I think that it is beneficial for our kids to start getting comfortable with the test and practicing. Here is the link:

Math Homework and Remembering Pages

Save this Link! This is a PDF of all of the "Homework and Remembering" Pages. If Fido eats your child's homework, just print off a new page!

Shhhhh... don't tell the students kids, here is a link to the answer key too. This is a great resource to help you check their work each night.