Sunday, March 6, 2016

Week #24 in Review!



Last week Lisa Wheeler (Michigan author) came to our school to share her books and her creativity with Loon Lake! 


The spring book fair is coming soon! March 7-11th.  The PTA will be providing support so that the book fair will be open from 9:30-3:00pm daily. Plus from 7-9 am on Tuesday morning for Donuts with Dads and Moms.  Classroom libraries are ALWAYS in need of books and teachers are ALWAYS very grateful for the donation.

As we move forward in writing we will begin learning how to read and write opinions pieces.  The M-STEP is approaching (end of April/beginning of May) and in order to prepare, we will be working on reading and writing stamina.

The third graders are loving the book I'm reading to the class called On My Honor. This is a book that pulls at the heart strings.  One bad choice can change lives.

We are working in Unit 5 which is all about fractions.  Click HERE to see the Khan Academy explain fraction basics and take a quiz!  Click HERE for the Parent Letter that explains more AND has answers to the Home Links!

Last and this week we will continue investigating water and temperature: freezing (O degrees Celsius), melting (100 degrees Celsius), expanding, and contracting.  Our first field test in this unit involved observing water on different surfaces.  The students have discovered surface tension using pennies and eye-droppers.  Also, they learned about properties of water (surface tension being one of them) and the 3 states water can exist on earth.  Click HERE to learn more about this science unit. 


The history of Michigan is so interesting!  So far we’ve learned about the first people (Native Americans) and important survival facts, the French landing here when they were trying to find China, the voyageurs, a famous priest, the French and Indian War, Pontiac’s Rebellion, and the British taking over control of the land.  Click HERE to learn more about how it all happened!  Click HERE to learn more about Michigan facts!

 Some key terms we’ve covered are:
Birch Bark
Beaver Pelt

1618 - French explorer Etienne Brule arrives claiming the land for France.
1668 - The first European settlement is established at Sault Ste. Marie.
1701 - The city of Detroit is founded.
1763 - The British gain control of Michigan after winning the French and Indian War.
1763 - The local Native American tribes unite and fight the British in Pontiac's Rebellion.
1787 - Michigan becomes part of the Northwest Territory of the United States.
1796 - The British finally leave Detroit.
1812 - The British retake Detroit at the start of the War of 1812.
1813 - The Americans take back Michigan and Detroit after winning the Battle of Lake Erie.
1825 - The Erie Canal is opened providing easier travel to Michigan.
1837 - Michigan becomes the 26th state.
1847 - Lansing becomes the capital city.
1903 - Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company.

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