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St. Mary's Samplings

Kindergarten: It was good to be back after the break but it took us a day or two to get back into the groove. We worked with the letter S this week and added a few more words to our word wall! We talked about the "Missions" and learned about children from across the world--they are just like us in many ways.

Grade 1: This week we were lucky to have our UMM practicum student, Leah, teach us our science lessons. We are learning about animals and the groups they belong to--mammals, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles and birds. In math we learned to work with addition and subtraction equations in the vertical form. We took our Unit 2 math test.

Grade 2: We finished our first social studies unit on government. We learned about the three branches of our government and what each branch does. We found out that the leaders of our country, state and city are the President, the Governor and the Mayor. We discussed that as a citizen, it is our responsibility to vote on a ballot in an election. After our visit to the Mill City Flour Museum, we used flour to make bread-in-a-bag. It was great fun and very tasty too.

Grade 3: In math the third graders have been working with many types of unknown partner and multi digit word problems. We really had to think of the correct strategy to solve these problems. We have been reading a fun story about a "Boom Town" that grew during the gold rush days. We toured the Police/Sheriff's Department with our friend Deputy Tom Loew. Our UMM practicum student, Mrs. Essig, did many fun lessons with us on animals and their classification. She used lots of technology and made it very enjoyable.

Grade 4: The fourth graders have been working on how to solve multi-step word problems using many operations. They can be tricky, but we have learned if we read them over more than once, that really helps. We also read a story in reading about memorials and monuments in the United States. We focused on main ideas and details.

Grade 5: The fifth graders started a new math unit this week. We started working on dividing decimals. We have also been learning about renewable and nonrenewable resources in social studies, and the different ways that we can protect our environment. We are researching different memorials that are found in the United States and will present our findings to our classmates when we are finished.

Grade 6: This week our UMM practicum student, Samantha Massmann, taught us three science lessons. We learned about the characteristics of each state of matter as well as how matter changes state. During reading we read non-fiction stories about protecting wildlife. Our focus with each story was to identify the main idea and supporting details as well as read fluently with an appropriate tempo.

Upcoming Events: Nov. 10 & 11 No School

Nov. 10 Conferences: 2-6; Nov. 15 Conferences: 4-8