Room 96 Falcon Family Newsletter May 1-5

Hello Room 96 Families!

We’re ready for the May flowers after all those April showers, how about you? This first week of May signals the start of our MEco Challenges sponsored by the MEco Environmental Voice Group, the first of which is reducing trash around campus to not only beautify, but to protect wildlife. Hey, the challenges just might extend home to clean bedrooms and even to your neighborhood with our students expanding their influence as “green” leaders! Let me know if you have questions related to the plans!

Important Upcoming Events
  • May 1-31 Earth Month – Weekly challenges sponsored by the MEco Voice Group to focus on reducing trash on campus, reducing energy consumption, choosing energy conscious modes of transportation, and increasing our recycling, reusing and reducing garbage habits.
  • May 5 Full Day Friday & Cinco de Mayo
  • May 12 Early Release
  • May 15, 16, 19 are all ELA Testing Days
  • May 22, 23 are Math Testing Days
  • May 29 Memorial Day-No School
  • May 30 is the Science MSP Test
Unit 8: Geometry and Measurement

This week we will complete our exploration of geometry with a study of the attributes of triangles and 2D shapes. This will launch us into our 2 day review session and end with our Unit 8 Test on Friday.


In light of the upcoming testing season, we’ll continue to look at sample reading questions on both literary, research and informational texts over the next couple of weeks so students have a familiarity with the type of questions they’ll be seeing on the Smarter Balanced Assessment in two weeks.

Independent Reading – at least 30 minutes per day, and at least 150 minutes per week remains a daily assignment - sometimes accomplished in class, but a daily assignment nonetheless. Students record their progress related to their reading goal, noted on the front of each log, as they read the book, and in addition, they record their thinking as they make their way through each quadrant of the book on the back. FYI - Both the log and the TOPS report (an on-line comprehension test report) are turned in after the student takes the A/R test on their independent reading book. I make comments on the log/report, return them to the students, and then these reports are stored under the reading tab in the leadership pages section of their binder. The reading log is a part of the trimester reading grade as it documents student application of skills learned in lessons and gives me a chance to comment and connect with each student as they read, noting their successes and suggesting new goals.

Writing: Fantasy Fiction

Content: Lessons on making final revisions to fantasy fiction short stories will comprise the work in writing this week before students publish into a booklet form. Published drafts are due on Friday, May 5, and will become require homework beyond then.

Spelling/Conventions: Students will complete their spelling study of Greek Roots this week, with a spelling test on Monday.

Science: Aquatic Environments and Invention Convention

Aquatic environment investigations begin this week as students explore goldfish structure, behavior and movement. Our leading investigation question will be: "How do living organisms affect the quality of aquatic environment?" Students will investigate how carbon dioxide produced by aquatic organisms changes the acidity of the water. They will continue to explore environmental factors that are living and non-living and will follow the scientific method.


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