Sunday, March 27, 2016

Week #27 in Review!

Last Thursday was Loon Lake's Variety Show! There was a fantastic variety of talent and the staff even had a little number!  It was a fun event!

Mr. Hess (the Executive Director of Instruction, Technology, & Assessment for the Walled Lake Schools) was a surprise guest reader in out room last week! He read us the book Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell.


I wanted to thank my class, friends, and co-workers for a fantastic birthday this year.  It was a big one and I really felt loved and not so old.  The baby pictures that were hidden around the school were especially surprising and fun!  Thank you Mrs. Heinke!

We've officially run out of Lysol disinfectant wipes. If you have an extra container you don't mind donating we would really appreciate it!  We like to keep surfaces clean.  Thank you!


The third graders were able to see each other's non-fiction research reports last week.  Mrs. Heinke and I switched classes and had a museum type set up so we could all see each other's work.  Students were able to give feedback and celebrate!

We are a little behind starting our mystery unit.  The book that the third grade teachers are reading aloud has not arrived yet.  It should be here Monday.  Then, we will be moving on in reading to mysteries!  After break each reading group (A.K.A. Book Club) will be introduced to the mystery genre and will explore the vocabulary, characters, and plot structure they are likely to encounter when reading a mystery.

Over the next few weeks in writing we will be delving further in to opinion writing.  The students need to be able to use support a claim with using reasoning and evidence.  Word choices can help strengthen persuasive sentences. It is also important to consider the audience, the purpose, and the reasons for your point of view.
o    Identify the audience.
o    Be clear about your purpose.
o    Give supporting reasons for your opinion.
o    Use persuasive word choices.

The unit 5 test was last Wednesday.  I will have the results to you this week.  Unit 6 begins Monday! The class has also been taking fact tests.  This is not set up in a race format.  Each child tries his/her personal best to complete each set, pass them, and then move on to the next. Click HERE for the Parent Letter that explains more AND has answers to the Home Links!

The science unit has been completed.  Our last concept was on evaporation!  A BA review packet should be in your child’s binder to review.  I allowed time in class to work on this. The BA is scheduled for March 31st.   

The history of Michigan is so interesting!  The BA for this unit will not be until AFTER the spring break.  I do not have an official date yet but the students DO have a study guide started that they can begin to study. 

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.  Next up is the Toledo War, Lewis Cass, Stevens T. Mason, Andrew Jackson, Henry Ford, the Model T and much more!

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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