April 7th: Lawrence Hall of Science
April 13 - 17: Spring Break
April 19th: 50% of AR goals should ideally be met
May 1st: Family Life Parent Ed. Meeting (7:30am Bel Aire)
May 2nd: Regatta- "Derby Days"
May 7th: Open House - 6:30-8:00
May 12th and May 14th: Smarter Balanced Testing
Persuasion/Opinion Writing: This month students are exploring the elements of persuasion and opinion writing. Each student has chosen a topic that s/he will investigate and research in order to build a strong argument. Students will then write a 4-5 paragraph essay on these findings.
Smarter Balanced for Language Arts: This month students will be practicing the Smarter Balanced Standardized Testing with their writing teachers. (Actual testing begins late April/early May)
This month in Social Studies we'll be studying the Causes of the Revolution and answering the following questions:
Students have begun a new literature book called My Brother Sam is Dead. It is a young adult historical fiction novel by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier which realistically depicts what happened in the American Revolution.
This month we are working in Unit 7, Volume and Measurement. At the end of this unit the students will be able to:
• Identify faces, edges, and vertices of cubes and rectangular prisms.
• Understand volume can be determined by finding the product of the area of the base
times the height V = B × h. or V=l x w x h
• Estimate and determine the volume of cubes and rectangular prisms.
• Compare the volume of different objects with and without formulas.
• Convert volume measurements within a single system of measurement (customary,
• Measure solid cubes and rectangular prisms using standard customary and metric
• Students can get practice with determining volume using the links listed on this page.
At the end of Unit 7, we will move into Unit 8, Algebra and the Coordinate Plane.
Smarter Balanced for Math: We have been practicing the Smarter Balanced Standardized Testing during math class. We will continue to do so to prepare the students the actual test which will take place in May.
This month, students are studying the WATER PLANET.
•They began by examining the solar system and the many objects found there.
•We’re now looking at evaporation.
•Later this month, students will look at condensation, uneven heating of Earth’s surface, convection currents, wind, the water cycle, and severe weather.