Mrs. Moore’s Newsletter “Make each day your masterpiece.” John W ooden
April 23, 2013
Last week students were given the requirements for their biography report. It is due on May 17th. Students will be required to type a twoparagraph report on the person they have chosen. This report needs to be typed in first person. Students will also be required to share their report with the class. They should look somewhat similar to the person they have chosen. It is helpful if they use one or two props. I have told students not to make this complicated and enjoy reading their biography.
IMPORTANT DATES Henry Ford Museum – April 25th Math Test – April 30th Music Concert – May 2nd Biography Report Due – May 17th P.J. Hoffmaster – June 4th
iPADS IN THE CLASSROOM We have been using a few different apps in our class. One I really like is Explain Everything. This app allows a student to write on a whiteboard and have his/her voice recorded. I have used Explain Everything in math often. Students are given an iPad and asked to share how they came up with an answer. Visit your child’s Edmodo site to see our class examples.
Thank you for participating in the Consumers Energy home survey. We were able to meet the quota required to allow us to receive the $100 grant! Math
We are learning about line of reflection and symmetry in Unit 10. Students will also be introduced to negative numbers in this unit. All of the children continue to improve in their math facts. We will continue to have our weekly timed multiplication tests on Wednesdays until the end of the year.
Another great app is Popplet. Students use a graphic organizer to share their understanding of material they have learned.
Students have finished their persuasive essays. Students were to choose whether we should keep or abolish zoos. Everyone did a great job using definitive and persuasive words when arguing their view. This week we will be working on a rhyming and diamante poem. During the month of May, we will work on our last common writing paper and our animal report. Students will take time to read a variety of books and articles about the animal they have chosen. Once they are finished reading, they will collect notes on their topic and then write a report. Their culminating activity will be to present their information to the class by using PowerPoint or Prezi. Students learn so much about each animal from these presentations.
Social Studies Last week we began our history unit. Students will learn about the Underground Railroad, Civil War, WWI, The Great Depression, WWII, The Civil Rights Movement, and the making of the Mackinac Bridge. We will be reading from a variety of text to learn about these topics. We will also watch videos from the Discovery Channel. Students will learn how to take notes and will use these notes for their open book test. I have also set up a history group on the Edmodo site, which contains short video clips and history sites for students who are interested in learning more about American history.
NOTE FROM MRS. MOORE Our garden club has a variety of seeds growing in the greenhouse. We have squash, cucumbers, sunflowers, daisies, basil, rosemary, thyme, and marigolds. We will be pulling weeds in the front of the school and get the ground ready for the flowers and plants we will planting. I have videos of our garden club on Edmodo. Mrs. Moore