Peek at the Week

November 30th -December 4th 4th Grade Mrs. Lanz

I am not a Turkey! (project)

Dear Families,

Thank you so much for your support with the Turkey projects! We had a lot of really creative ideas that came in and we enjoyed trying to guess who made each Turkey. Here are some pictures!

What's Coming Up

Field Trip: Students will bring home a permission slip this week for our trip to Base Camp in January. If you have any questions please contact me.

Science: Students will continue their unit focusing on Rocks and Earth Materials with Mrs. Schulz for the next 2 weeks.

Writing: We have worked hard on creating all the pieces for our narrative and will work on putting them together in our first draft.

Reading: Students will learn about Pourquoi Tales and read How Night Came From the Sea. They will work in small groups to read biographies that focus on our question, What it Takes to Achieve Your Hopes and Dreams.

Math: We will continue to focus on fractions and decimals.

Parents as Math Partners A presentation from Wayzata Schools

A presentation from Wayzata Schools sharing some math learning resources, games, apps and puzzles:

The site Bedtime Math has wonderful 5 minute activities that allow students to explore math nightly in different formats.

The Balancing Act of Supporting Math Learning at Home

STAR of the Week

We loved learning more about Sienna last week !
Razi is our STAR of the Week and we can't wait to see his presentation!

Calling All Scientists and Engineers!

Birchview will once again be hosting a school wide S.T.E.M day on January 14th and we are looking for volunteers to present to our classes at 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. If you work in a field that involves Science, Technology, Engineering or Math we would love to have you.

See Letter Below:

Calling all Scientists and Engineers

Dear Scientists, Engineers, Mathematicians and Technologists,

Birchview Elementary will once again be hosting a school wide S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math) day on January 14th and we are looking for volunteers to present to our classes at 9:45 and 10:30. If you work in a field where you use any part of S.T.E.M. and would like to come present/demonstrate some of what you do, we would love to have you. Here is specifically what we are looking for in the presentations:

1. Explanation of the field you are in and what you do on a day to day basis

2. Demonstration of the work you do

a. This could be models, experiments, design process, PowerPoint, pictures, etc.

3. A Question and Answer period

4. The presentation timeframe would be about 30 minutes (First grade should be a little less than 30 minutes.)

We want to give our students a glimpse into careers that focus on any part of S.T.E.M. and what they entail. Presenters can be family members or friends of family members. Last year we had parents, grandparents and volunteers from the community. If you know someone who might be interested please pass the information and my name and contact information on to him or her. Last year we had 2 -3 presenters per grade level, it would be wonderful if we had enough for one per class this year.

If you are interested in presenting or would like more information to see if what you do would work for a presentation, please contact

Danielle Miller, Vision 21 teacher

(763) 745-5351

Thank you, this was an amazing experience for our students last year and many of them have stopped me in the hallway asking when our STEM day is this year.

Regions Postcard Project

We will continue our study of the regions of the United States throughout the school year. However we need your help. Our goal is to collect postcards from each of the 50 states. We will begin by reaching out to friends and relatives in the MIDWEST REGION (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.) Do you know someone who lives in or will be visiting these states? If so, you can help!

All you need to do is send them our address: A personal note is encouraged, but not required.

Mrs. Lanz’s Class

425 Ranchview Ln. N

Plymouth, MN 55447

We will be displaying postcards on our bulletin board to help us get to know the regions of our country.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Our Schedule

Day 1: Music/P.E.
Day 2: Art Library 12:40-1:10(this has just changed from Day 3 to Day 2)
Day 3: Music/P.E.
Day 4: Technology
Day 5: Spanish

Spelling Words

Here are the following week's words:

1. distrust

2. uncertain

3. incomplete

4. unlikely

5. unfair

6. discontinue

7. unaware

8. disorder

9. discount

10. indirect

11. unopened

12. disrespect

13. unimportant

14. unlisted

15. disrepair

16. inability

17. disapprove

18. unsolved

19. disobey

20. unsuspecting

Challenge Words:

21. disintegrate

22. disillusioned

23. unconscious

24. unappetizing

25. intolerant

Homework Sites

Xtra Math

Students should work on their fact skills at their own pace daily.

Spelling City

Our spelling words will be posted here weekly and students can use this as a place to practice their words.


Math skills are organized by standard and will be assigned in class and occasionally for homework.


I will add flashcards as we use them in class for Social Studies and other classes