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Update 2/21/21


Hi Families!

Quick notes to know:

  • 2/26 Early Release & End of Trimester 2
  • 3/5 Material Pick Up & Report Cards Released
  • 3/11 & 3/12 Early Release and Student-led conferences


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The Earth week committee needs your child’s shirt size by the end of next week. This year’s EW shirt will be light heather grey (same brand/type of shirt we’ve had the past couple of years). Due to the pandemic, there will not be shirts available to try on, so please order your child’s normal shirt size. 

Size options are: 

Child Sm (6-8) Child Md (10-12) Child Lg (14-16) Adult Sm Adult Md Adult Lg Adult XL Adult 2X


Thank you for the responses I have already received. If you haven’t already, please email with your child’s name and shirt size so I can enter it properly for the order. If I do not hear from you, I will work with your child to determine the size as best we can. Thank you for your help and understanding.


Prairie Crossing is asking for you to please send a high-resolution individual photo (shoulders up) of your student or students to Christine Hodapp at by Friday, February 26th. 


Just a reminder that students need the following items when attending school:

  1. School issued Chromebook fully charged with charger
  2. Lunch and water bottle (no microwaves will be available)
  3. Two clean face masks (one will need to be worn into the classroom)
  4. Daily academic supplies such as: SB and HC math books, Author packet, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing book & packet, Biography Lapbook packet, Art Sketch pad, Music packet, and Group B will need Spanish papers/packets on Thursdays.

*Mrs. Larson and Mrs. Trage may need to ask for specific items as the curriculum progresses; these items will be written into the agenda. 

  1. Expo marker/dry erase board
  2. Place into a gallon ziplock bag or a pencil pouch/pencil box:
    1. 3-4 Sharpened Pencils, 
    2. 1 Eraser, 
    3. 1 Personal Pencil Sharpener, 
    4. 1 Set of Coloring pencils, 
    5. 1 Glue stick
    6. Scissors
  3. 1-2 Spiral Notebooks/1 folder

These items may be left at school Please label with your child’s name:


  • Indoor shoes 
  • 1 change of back up clothes




In Writing, 

Students will be finishing their lapbook biography. We will finish gluing the lapbook pieces on Monday. Then, students who are done with their rough draft will be writing this into their lapbook. They will finish up their lapbook by creating a portrait of their subject and filling in the different flaps and timeline. Students should be close to being done with their rough draft. Students who are not done with their rough draft, will be given some time to finish up their rough draft.


We have started a new writing unit with children’s author Natalie Rompella. She has met with the students and introduced her unit on fractured fairy tales. Students will be using a midwest ecosystem as a setting for their fractured tale. Mrs. Rompella will meet with us again next week to learn more about dialogue and then to work with the class on planning their story elements.  Mrs. Rompella will continue working with students until about spring break.  After each concept is introduced by Mrs. Rompella, students will work on their writing piece in between lessons.


In Reading, 

We will continue the novel study of Judy Blume’s “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” once the students are completely done working on their lapbook biography. We have put the novel on pause temporarily while we are finishing up our writing piece. I am hoping we will jump back into the book by the end of next week. We left off on chapter 6 questions. I am reading the odd chapters with the class. We are completing the odd numbered chapter questions together as a class as well. The even numbered chapters and packet questions are being assigned to complete independently. Students will be given class time to complete their reading and work.  We will be finishing this chapter book prior to spring break.


In Math,  

We have started unit 5 which delves deeper into multiplication and division. Next week, we are going to pause unit 5 and complete some review and reteaching of unit 4, focusing on fractions. Then, some students will be offered a redo opportunity on the unit 4 test. We will talk with those students on Monday if we would like them to redo their unit 4 test. 

Following the redo opportunity, we will be working on finishing module 1 and starting module 2 in Unit 5.  We will be using a game store setting to help us understand multiplication and division as we work through word problems. This will be the focus for three lessons. Then we will start module 2.


The rest of the sessions in the module provide numerous

opportunities to understand the meaning of both

operations and how they relate to each other, via arrays

and story problems set in the context of a game store.



Multiplication & Division Families

Students continue to explore two different interpretations

of division—sharing and grouping—by solving

story problems that elicit one interpretation or the

other, and then sharing and discussing their work as a

class. The teacher also introduces fact families—sets of

related facts that further help students understand the

connection between multiplication and division.


We are finishing the February number corner. This number corner reinforces concepts of area and perimeter. Our February collection focuses on collecting coins and utilizing them to represent fractions of a dollar. 


For Science/Social Studies, 

We are learning about different types of rocks and the rock cycle. Students are becoming familiar with sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. We will continue to learn about rocks. Then, we will also learn about minerals as well as fossils. 


Ms. Naomi is going to teach a lesson about fossils. Students will need play doh and a shell, piece of bark or leaf for Monday. 


We will continue participating in phenology and solo spots, alternating each week and now this will usually be on Wednesday afternoons (sometimes other days as our schedule dictates). Your student may complete these by going outside in your own yard, or, if this is not possible, by looking out a window at nature. 


I hope you have a wonderful week!