# News from Room 305

## Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

We're wrapping up our study of tall tales by analyzing how authors' and illustrators' creative choices impact the theme and readers' perceptions of the story. After reading a play of "Pecos Bill" and watching an animated version of the same tale, students jotted down story events. They noted that some events were completely different, some were similar, and some similar events had very different outcomes. During discussion, students realized that by writing the story events in a different way, the Pecos Bill each author created had different character traits. In turn, this led to a different theme in each story. Students were surprised to see how different the illustrators portrayed Pecos Bill and the other characters in the story. They noted differences between the type of cartoons they drew - the video animation was more life-like than the play's illustrators. Students said that the colors the illustrators used created a different feeling and helped to convey the setting.

In writing, students zoomed into one topic on their Westward Expansion papers. After looking at samples of others, students broke their topics into several subtopics and researched them. They also read examples of introductions and practiced writing a few different ways to catch their readers' attention. They added an intro section to their narrowed topic. Their papers are due this Wednesday, March 11.

## Math

We are making great progress in our Multiplying Fractions Uni this week. Students modeled multiplying fractions all week progressing from fraction x fraction, fraction x whole number, and mixed number x mixed number. While modeling the process, students discovered the algorithm themselves, not only multiplying numerators and denominators, but students realized that mixed numbers must be converted to improper fractions in order to multiply them. They recognized that our models turned the mixed number into an improper fraction. You just look at it differently. When students figure out the algorithm by thinking through the process themselves, it becomes part of their problem solving thought process and not just a set of steps to memorize. Our Multiplying Fractions assessment will be the end of next week.

## Science

Students explored how simple machines make work easier by trading distance for force. They created and tested inclined planes, levers, and pulleys and compared the amount of Newtons (force) needed to move their object a certain distance. We reviewed for the test on Friday and students took home their study guides. The assessment will be Monday.

## LO's Running Clubs are about to Begin their Spring Season!

Let Me Run - Boys Running Program:

Attention 4th and 5th grade boys...

Let Me Run is back for the Spring 2015 season! Let Me Run is a running program, for 4th and 5th grade, designed to inspire boys through the power of running to be themselves, to build healthy relationships and to live an active lifestyle. The program guides the boys through lessons that include respect, positive competition and nutrition. Online registration will open February 9th. The season begins on March 9th and will culminate in a season ending 5k on May 2nd. Team practices will be after school on Mondays and Fridays until 4:15pm. Interested? Please contact Mark McWilliams (mjmcw@yahoo.com) for more information. Registration information and more about Let Me Run can be found on-line at www.letmerun.org.

Girls on the Run Spring 2015 Season

## Next Week's Specials' Calendar:

Monday, March 9 - Day 4: Library

Tuesday, March 10 - Day 1: Music

Wednesday, March 11 - Day 2: PE

Thursday, March 12 - Day 3: Art

Friday, March 13 - Day 4: Library

## Upcoming Events:

March

3/10 - PTA Meeting 7:00pm

3/11 - End of Third Quarter

3/12 - All Pro Dads 7:00am

3/20 - Report Cards sent home

3/23-27 - Fine Arts Week

3/25 - Spring Pictures

3/30-4/3 - Spring Break

April

4/7 - Boosterthon Kick-off

4/21 - Radical Challenge Field Trip

4/22 - Science Night 5:30-7:00pm

May

5/4-5/8 - State of Missouri Assessment (formerly MAP) Because the test is now online, each grade level will be assessed a different week. 5th Grade is tentatively scheduled during the first week of May. Fifth graders and Eighth graders have the largest assessments to complete, so attendance is extremely important.