Martin News 5/3/15


Caterpillar caterpillar has become our theme song for science. I've taught this unit for 5 years and I've learned so much more than what's in the provided lesson plans because of the questions asked by the students. PBL has pushed them to take the risks of inquiring about lessons presented and willing to research and find the answers.

  • Ask your child the scientific name for caterpillar poop.
  • Then ask about the importance of red frass.

Caterpillar Caterpillar
All of our caterpillars have formed chrysalises. They were transferred to the butterfly enclosure Friday. We watched one of own caterpillars make this transition thanks to a time lapse video. Here is an example for you to enjoy. Please forgive the singer for calling a chrysalis a cocoon :)
  • Ask why the chrysalis shakes so violently.
  • Discuss what will happen as the butterfly emerges.
Time Lapse of Painted Lady Caterpillars forming Chrysalides


Students are exploring and learning about Geometry in Math. So far they should be able to tell you attributes of quadrangles and define polygons for you. We extended these lessons by watching the Greedy Triangle. Ask your child about real life examples of triangles, pentagons, and hexagons.
Interactive Read Aloud: Geometry: The Greedy Triangle with questions embedded


During April we extended our character traits theme as we explored using words and magazines to write creative poems about ourselves. We will be finishing the poems this week.

Fun Run

Students are very excited about raising money and participateing in the Fun Run. It will be held during school on Friday, May 15th. Please use the link below to sign up and view our progress of our class goal. If you register by Monday, May 4th your child can earn a free ice cone for early bird registration. Each class to reach the class goal will earn a class party. Let's go TEAM MARTIN!

Field Trip

We will go to the Natural History Museum for a butterfly field trip Thursday May 14th. Your child will need a sack lunch, we will eat when we return to school. We are in need of at least 4 parent chaperones. Please let me know if you are interested.


If you would like to order a yearbook, do so by May 6th. The order form came home with your child last week.

Important Dates

  • 5/4 - Disabilities Awareness Week
  • 5/5 - Election Day - Please Vote
  • 5/14 - UofM Natural History field trip
  • 5/15 - Fun Run