Newsletter May 14

Ms. Hahn’s Newsletter

May 15, 2017

 

Reading

 

The students have been working on their chapter books during reading.  The students are enjoying finding out what is happening in their books.  We are working on answering the questions in complete sentences using the question as the beginning of the sentence.  We will continue reading groups the next few weeks.  I am testing the students on their reading level using Fountas and Pinnell benchmark testing.  

 

Math

 

The students are continuing the geometry unit.  The used tangram pieces to learn about the attributes of different shapes.  Ask your child to show you two different trapezoids.  We will continue learning about shapes next week and then review perimeter of shapes with an unknown side.

 

Social Studies

 

The students learned how a change to farming technology changed life for the better for farmers in the 1800’s.  They learned about a reaper and the John Deere plow.  We have finished our lessons about Illinois History.  Next week they will learn about weather and climate.  The students will start a two week project about weather in another part of the world.

 

Writing

 

The students have almost finished their first drafts of their fairy tale adaptations.  Hopefully there will be time this week to revise their writing.  They will be adding quotes and details about the actions of the characters.  The students will also be working on a few end of the year writing assessments.

 

Native American Week

 

Thank you to all the volunteers for Native American Week.  We had a successful and fun week.  Check out the information on the webpage posted by Mrs. Steinbeck.

 

Service Learning Project

 

Our lettuce that was planted around Spring Break is ready to harvest.  After discussing what to do with the lettuce, the students have decided to donate their lettuce to a food pantry.  They wrote a letter to Mr. Krissek, who works at a food pantry, to ask about donating the lettuce.  He was kind enough to come to our class to answer the students’ questions.  After hearing about the food pantry the students decided they wanted to help more.  The food pantry only gives out two rolls of toilet paper every four weeks if they have it.  So they have decided to have a toilet paper drive starting May 22.

 

Other Information

 

  • You will soon be getting papers and other items sent home.  Remind your child to empty their backpacks and folders everyday.
  • I will keep clipboards and calculators in the classroom for next year.

 

Upcoming Dates

 

May 15- NWEA test

May 17- NWEA test

May 18- Ms. Hahn absent for professional development

May 29- No School

May 30- Field Day

May 31 – Field Trip Illinois State Beach Park

June 1- 8th Grade Graduation

June 2- PBIS celebration and Early Release