We come to the end of an eventful week on the eve of Memorial Day weekend. We had two last days of review, an EOG pep rally, and of course......the EOG tests themselves. But, with the exception of the students who will need to make them up next week, testing is over with and now we have two more weeks left in the year.
My annual parent survey has gone live and a link was included in my weekly parent email. I will keep the survey active until the end of the day on Monday, June 12th. That is the teacher workday that follows the last day of school for students. That is also the last day to come by and collect any items left behind by students. Anything not collected by that day will be recycled, thrown out, or donated but I will still give plenty of notice beforehand.
All K-4 CMS teachers are to teach an anti-bullying lesson at some point before the end of the school year. I included a picture of the form being sent out in my weekly parent email. Only sign and return the form if you do NOT wish for your child to participate.
Since the tests are over with for most students (excluding make-up testing and the 5th grade science EOG) we have moved on in math and science.
The focus of math instruction at this point is to prepare the students for 5th grade. I decided to cover multiplying fractions since we already learned about multiplying a fraction by a whole number.
In science, we began the final unit of the year which is called Microbiology. This unit does not cover life at the microscopic level as the name suggests but rather, it is about nutrition and vitamins and how they contribute to good physical health. The students took the following notes:
Vitamins - nutrients that the body needs to work properly Minerals - nutrients that the body needs to work properly Humans need foods that include proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, which are big food molecules that offer energy, help with growth and repair, and play specific roles in maintaining your health.
Exercise - the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit We get the energy they need to grow and develop properly when we eat healthy food and exercise
Energy - the ability to do work
Growth – gradual changes in organisms throughout their lives, an increase of something
Repair – the act of putting something back in working order
Healthy - being physically and mentally sound
Diet – the food and drink consumed by animals and humans
Supplements – added vitamins and nutrients to food
Nutrients – things in food that nourishes and provides your body with what it needs
Carbohydrates - sugars, starch, and fiber compounds Fat - big food molecules that stores energy
Food – what we eat and drink that provides both nutrients and energy Protein – a nutrient that builds, maintains, and replaces the tissues in your body; the building blocks of cells
Food group – a way of organizing food by where it comes from
Digest - turning food into energy and allowing your body to absorb the nutrients that it needs from it