Somehow, we have come to the end of a fabulous school year. Where time has gone, I have no idea, but it is here just the same.
Late work, corrections, and some quiz grades are being updated, but otherwise all grades are finished. This week, we are not trading classes, but instead just enjoying some last minute activities with our homerooms! Activities include things like an Amazing Race, water events, recess time, ice cream/popsicle treats, cleaning time, movie, Field Day and more!
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Where has the year gone?!?!? It seems like just yesterday we were beginning the school year, and now we are in the final countdown! With this being our last full week of school, we are finishing up our curriculum and finalizing grades.
In math this week, we are spending some time exploring volume and surface area of rectangular prisms and cubes! Students will be working with centimeter cubes to build a variety of prisms and cubes to discover the formula for volume and surface area. We will be making connections to the real world by discussing and analyzing the boxes products are packaged in, with students creating their own box with a specified volume and surface area towards the end of the week. If you have any empty boxes at home (of small or moderate size - nothing too big please!), please send them to school with your student for us to explore!
In social studies, we are spending a week on Medieval Europe, with our focus on castles, catapults, the Crusades, and King Arthur. In addition to learning about these topics, we will be making connections to our religion unit and between history and legend. On Friday, we will take our final map quiz, which covers all of our maps this year!
In spelling, we are wrapping up our final spelling lists. All students will be finishing their tic tac toe boards and taking their spelling tests (please check with your student to see if they are finished, as some might need to work on their boards at home). These will be our final grades for spelling this year.
Though not as crazy as last week, this week will be busy! We will be finishing some units this week, with our PBIS 4th quarter incentive ending our week. For students who have had two or less detentions, no suspensions, and no Saturday school in Quarter 4, there will be an inflatables and popsicle celebration Friday afternoon!
In math this week, we are finishing our last lesson for the unit (Lesson 7.3.4 - Writing Algebraic Equations and Inequalities, homework assignment on Tuesday) and reviewing for our FINAL math test! This test will be over reading graphs, expressions, equations, and inequalities, and will take place on Thursday/Friday this week. Wednesday we will be doing some review, and all graded papers should be back to the students by then. Next week, we will be working on a geometry activity to finish out math for the year.
In social studies, my homeroom will be working on a map of the United States for our final map, as well as finishing our Hinduism unit. Students will have a test over Hinduism on Friday, with a final map quiz the following Friday. We will then be spending some time in Medieval Europe to end our last week of social studies.
In spelling, my homeroom is working on their tic tac toe boards for their final spelling list. Group F has their test and boards due this Friday, with the other groups finishing next week. Students may need to work on finishing their activities at home if they are struggling to finish them during our spelling block.
And so begins a crazy week! After a busy weekend where I graduated with my master's degree in Reading Specialist from Olivet Nazarene University, we are following it up with a busy week here at school! This week we have our Science Expo night on Wednesday, field trip on Thursday, and AR/Skip to the Park on Friday! Oh, and there's a band concert Thursday as well! If any students have not turned in permission slips or money, please contact the teacher and get that taken care of as soon as possible. Students must also have all detentions served before they can participate in the field trip, skip to the park or AR celebration.
This week in math, we are continuing to work with algebra tiles to explore our "magic trick," learn about inverse operations, and add in the distributive property. Students will have homework on Monday (7.3.1 Review Preview) and Tuesday (7.3.2 Review Preview), with an assignment on 7.3.3 coming the end of the week or beginning of next. We are also almost finished with our unit and will be taking a math test over graphs, expressions, and equations, which looks like it will be next Thursday/Friday, May 17/18. A study guide and formal date will be sent home with students later this week.
In social studies, we are continuing to learn about Hinduism in our world religions unit, as well as reviewing our maps, including the 13 colonies map we added last week. We will have a map quiz on Friday.
In spelling, we are taking spelling tests and starting our final spelling list! For our final list, students are completing activities on a tic tac toe board instead of the normal sorts, which they will hopefully enjoy for our final two weeks.