We have some exciting things planned for grade as we begin this final trimester. As you may have noticed and/or heard, the students were all assigned their biography person for the upcoming project. Most were very excited to have the opportunity to start reading their books, which is music to my ears. On Friday I sent students home with a paper to keep in the books as a bookmark while they read. It provides them with some specific information to look for and other guidelines for collecting facts that they will share. I cannot stress enough the importance of making sure that they are recording the page number of the facts they find--this is both a requirement for the project, but it will make the process of this project much easier for the children when they are looking to compile their list of facts so that they won't have to re-read the whole book to find that "special fact" they really wanted to share!
A packet of information will be going home on Monday to highlight the exact requirements and the choices that the students will have in terms of the visual requirement that will accompany their facts. The due date for this project is Monday, April 27th, which is the first day back from April vacation; however, students may complete the project ahead of time and they can be sent into school, but only when TOTALLY completed--please NO partial projects submitted and added to.
I will add links at the end of this post to pages that you can look at as a reference for both project options, which may help jumpstart the thought process!
In math we have been working on division and I must say that the students are enjoying and doing well with this concept. It is still important for the students to continue practicing their multiplication facts, as multiplication has a direct correlation with division and will help increase their speed and fluency with math facts.
Within the next week we will be working on preparations for tests in both Science and S.S. Please check folders for study guides that will be coming home (they should be left in folders but reviewed nightly). We were able to watch on online episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy, which re-enforced what we have been studying in science about simple machines. I will also put this link at the end of the post. Your child may benefit from watching this episode again prior to our test....very educational and enjoyable! For Social Studies, we have been learning about the traits/survival methods and means of 4 Native American tribes. The test will be fairly straightforward requiring the students to determine which fact matches a certain tribe. We have done many reviews during each class ad the students have been very successful in remembering facts about the different tribes!
Again, please make sure to look over the information packet about the biography project. While the children are able to change their minds as far as which project they would like to use, a last minute change does not excuse a late project. If you are going away for vacation and will not be back by Monday, please send in the project the Friday before vacation begins. Late projects will receive a 10 point deduction each day that it is missing!
***Please email me with any questions!***