It is so hard to believe that we only have five weeks of school left! This year has flown by, and our kids have worked so hard and learned so much. But, we are not done yet. We still have a lot of teaching and learning left to do before the year ends. Make sure you sign up for a conference time. The sign up sheets are right outside our classroom door.
We have started our final unit on rivers, ponds and the life within these ecosystems. We focused on watersheds last week, discovering what makes a watershed and the variable flow of rivers dependent on the seasons. This week we will be exploring Spring Creek by studying macroinvertebrates that live in this stream. We will also take a look at land use and its effects on the health of a river. If you have not yet signed the permission slip for our field work trip to Spring Creek, please do so by Tuesday. We will be heading to the creek on Wednesday morning. Kids will need to bring a sack lunch, as we are planning to eat in the park.
We are in the midst of our poetry unit. The older kids are learning about line breaks, rhyme and rhythm. This week we are focusing on figurative language, in particular similes and metaphors, and the poetic devices of alliteration and onomatopoeia. It should be a fun week of creative writing. We are also continuing with our novel studies. Please check in with your child to make sure they are finishing the required reading and small assignments. The more prepared our students are, the better our discussions and learning.
We will be conducting the MAP tests this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday and Thursday the testing will start right at 8:30 so please make sure your student is at school on time. Tuesday we will be testing at 9:30.
Please plan on attending our Sky Ranch meeting tomorrow at 7:30am. We will give an overview of the week and go over all the forms in the packet. This is also an opportunity to ask questions. Plus, it gets everyone so excited for this amazing week up in the mountains.
Monday, May 1 is Rivendell Promotion Day. Promotion Day is an annual tradition at Rivendell. It’s the day when, for a few hours, students have an opportunity to visit the age-level group which they will be joining for the next school year.
Read (Finish reading novel study if you did not during class time)
Finish Vocab A-D/study vocab
Finish Vocab E/study for test tomorrow