Grades 3, 4, & 5 News
April 21, 2017
Silent Auction: Our classroom will be putting together a basket for “family fun”. The basket will consist of family games, a movie, popcorn, and pizza gift certificate. Please send $5.00 to school with your child to help pay for the items in the basket. If you enjoy shopping and would like to volunteer to pick out the games and family movie, let me know.
Spelling Bee: Good luck to Caleb Appel, Dalton Dierks, Caleb Ethridge, and Dustin Hakeneis as they compete at the spelling bee on Saturday, April 22. The spelling bee is at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Truman. Registration is at 9:30 A.M. The contest will begin at 10:00 A.M. and will end at approximately 1:00 P.M.
Chapel: The students enjoyed a change in chapel this week. Zach, the program director from Camp Omega, led chapel. He also shared a video about what types of activities and camps are offered during the summer.
Summer Reading & Math Books: Orders are due for the reading and math activity books by Friday, April 30 so that we can make sure that we get them on time.
Spring Field Trip: The students in grades 3-5 will be participating in the Environmental Learning Program at Camp Omega in Waterville, Minnesota. The dates for our field trip will be May 3-4. More information will come at a later date.
Religion: This week we continued talking about Jesus raising Jairus’s daughter from the dead. We reviewed the lessons from unit 6 with kahoot. We have started unit 7, which talks about Jesus’s teaching and more miracles. We looked at the parable of the sower. See the attached unit letter for more information.
Reading: The fourth graders explored the essential question “How can inventions solve problems?” To help answer the question, we read a biography about Ben Franklin inventing many things, such as bifocals and the lightning rod, to help improve the lives of people. Another biography that we read was how Stephanie Kwolek used her love of chemistry to discover that Kevlar would be a useful fiber to use in vests worn by police officers. We explored the topic of electricity with an expository text about energy and a biography about Lewis Latimer. We looked at problems and solutions in the selections that we read. We practiced identifying Greek roots in words to help us figure out the meaning of new words.
The essential question explored by the fifth grade students was “What changes in the environment affect living things?” To help answer the question, we read expository texts about global warming, volcanic eruptions, forest fires, and ocean threats. We practiced comparing different ideas, as well as using context clues to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words.
Science: All pf the students are talking about the three types of matter. They are looking at when a change in matter is physical and when it’s a chemical. Fifth grade discovered that baking is a science because when you bake brownies, for example, a chemical change occurs in the ingredients.
Social Studies: Fifth graders are looking at the countries in western and southern Asia.
Dates to remember:
April 22: spelling bee
April 30: school program/silent auction
May 3-4: Camp Omega field trip
May 5: family fun night @ 5-30-7:00 P.M.
May 12: track and field day
May 24: last day of school