Barring any further unexpected changes, fourth graders will truly have tested in science by the time you read this. Next week the entire class will be testing in mathematics and language arts. Tests have been taking between 15 and 90 minutes typically per day, so fatigue should not be a concern thankfully, though students should still make sure they’re getting all the rest and nutrition needed to be physically ready as well as mentally ready for these very important assessments.
This week for homework we won’t be practicing any new spelling words to allow time to become familiarized with test taking tools and questioning that may be encountered in the PEAKS exams. You will need to use Google Chrome to complete these practices.
In class we’ll continue through our normal routines. Our novel study is finding some good rising actions in both I am Malala and Hatchet. In addition to reading and small group discussions, students are completing comprehension brochures (Hatchet) and packets (I am Malala). Ask your child what they think thus far.
This week in STEM we will have a returning guest speaker, retired ADF&G fish biologist Doug Molyneaux (he led the salmon dissection last semester). Fear not squeamish stomachs, dissections are over for a while…this time it is a simulation. We will be learning how biologists take samples of salmon fry and smolt to judge the survival rate, and will be using actual data from a Kuskokwim tributary, and manipulatives, to simulate a field study. This is a three-part activity that will incorporate math as well as the scientific process.
Finally, Thursday is a do-not-miss event, Denali’s annual Peace Concert. This is a fundraiser for our sister school in Malawi, Africa and features a choir performance and dessert auction. Set-up for this important event begins at 6pm, while the concert is from 6:30-8pm.
As always, please feel free to call/text/email/or stop by with any questions, concerns, or celebrations!