January 21, 2018

Week of September 10th

We had another marvelous week! Our field study trip to Wildwood on Tuesday was exceptional! Thank you to our marvelous chaperones, who helped engage all of the students in observing and recording the natural world around them. Please check out some photos of the trip at https://picasaweb.google.com/100193003652266897653.

Our class is producing three Native American plays. Each students has two parts, though one may be a non-speaking role. Please help your child to read and understand his/her lines this weekend. Once understanding is complete, work on speaking clearly and expressively. After that is mastered, then memorization is the next task. Not everyone will reach that stage, and that is okay. We will continue practicing for another week or two, so please be sure that the scripts are returned in the green folder each day.

We are having minimal costumes and props. We will be using a lot of sheets, blankets, or tablecloths as capes. Talk with your child and take a look at the scripts to see what is needed. Please send anything that you think would be helpful to school on Monday. We will make quite a few items out of construction paper during our art class. Thank you to those who have already sent stuff in.

This is a huge undertaking, but I  hope to schedule performances for the intermediate team and for parents in early October. Break a leg!

Last week, we worked as a whole group to research the Anishinabe tribe. Then students each chose another tribe to research individually. They each borrowed one library book on Monday to get them started.  We worked for three class periods this week to gather information. Some students have made better use of their time than others!

Students took home their blue project folders this weekend in order to finish making notes. Basically, each student needs to record words and phrases on the profile page (in the blue folder) about Geography and Natural Resources (where the people live, mountains, plains, rivers, plants, animals, etc.), Lifestyle (food, clothing, work, and government), Homes (and villages), and Culture (religion, beliefs, stories, and traditions). The last section on the profile page is for interesting information that doesn’t easily fit in any of the other categories. Feel free to read aloud, as the texts are difficult for some.

Those students who are up to the challenge may search for websites (with your permission), in order to add to their wealth of knowledge. Next week, they will investigate other books that I have available. Our culminating project will be a codex to share the wonderful information. Your students have seen a sample of one and there is a scoring rubric, listing requirements and expectations, in the blue folder. This is our first major project of the year, so let me know if you have any questions.

Don’t forget to total the minutes spent reading and pages read this past week and record it on the homework log. It was so helpful on Monday to have that already completed!

Also, if you have not yet signed up for a conference, please send me a message. Choose either Wednesday, October 3rd, or Thursday, October 4th, and let me know if 4-6 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. is best for your family. I will then let you know the exact time. Remember, this fifteen minute conference is for parents, student, and teacher to discuss progress and set goals for the year.

Have a marvelous weekend!

Susan Handy

PS-I will be sending in the Scholastic Book Orders later this evening. If you still need to place an order, please do it by 6 p.m.


  • Tuesday, September 25th – Field Study at Oxbow Park
  • Wednesday, October 3rd & Thursday, October 4th – Conferences
  • Thursday, November 8th – End of First Trimester


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