We just finished taking the Unit 5 math text which concentrated on fractions. I will be sending this home with your student on Monday for you to review and to sign and then send back so that it can be included in his/her portfolio. Unit 6 is all about Division. I will be sending home the Family Letter so that will be helpful.
Writing: We just started a unit on the American Revolution. Your students may have come home asking to research about their subtopic. A big focus for both writing and reading this month will involve creating/writing/typing this Informational book(It has 4 chapters!!)Students are really excited about it and have chosen some really interesting topics. We are hoping to have a do at home project and a American Revolution night to show off all these great works sometime in April! More to come about that soon! So stay tuned!
Reading: As I mentioned above our reading unit is all about nonfiction reading--how to do research with nonfiction, how to use more than one text etc. etc. We will continue to work on these skills in the next few weeks to help us create our informational book.
Science: We just started working on a unit about Animal adaptations. The students worked in groups this past week to create clues about how animals adapt using how they move, what they eat and their outer coverings. They really enjoyed this activity. Next week they will be creating their own bird using different adaptive parts--beaks, feet, outer coverings.
Social Studies: Our reading and writing unit ties in nicely with the American Revolution and learning about government which we will continue to do. It also has helped that we made a timeline so that students could grasp when the American Revolution started and why.
MEAs-the Maine State EmpowerME state tests will be administered the week of 3/26-3/30. We will likely be taking these tests in the morning. If you could please make sure that your students are present and not schedule any appointments in the morning that week, that would be appreciated. We will be practicing some the week before so that students will have the chance to see what the tests will be like. They will be taking them on the laptops however.
I just sent out a signup genius sign up for Spring conferences you can access it at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4ba5a82ba20-pepin1
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email, call or stop by. Have a great rest of your Sunday!