Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sachwitz Sentinel #13

Friday, December 7, 2018

  • WMU Hockey Classic, Monday, December 11th 6:00
  • EFA Field Trip to Chenery auditorium, Wednesday, December 12th (depart 11:30/return 2:15) Lunch in the classroom, peanut free please:)
  • Movie Night Friday, December 14th 6:30-9:00
  • Student Council Spirit Day (Super Hero Day) Friday, December 14th (No costumes, please)
  • LCE Chipotle Night, Tuesday, December 18th 4:00-8:00 
  • PLTW Photos are at the bottom of this page:)
  • NEWSPAPER NEEDED!  If you have extras that you could send in for a holiday project, that would be fantastic.  We'll need lots!

Holiday Party!

We will be having a Polar Express Themed party on Friday, December 21st.  We are in need of some supplies.  If you are interested and available to donate, please click on the Signup Genius link below..

Yearbooks are now on sale - "This is the Greatest Show." Yearbooks are $14 and can be purchased online at (search Lake Center Elementary in Portage, MI) or by sending in cash or check with a yearbook order form. Order forms and money are due to the school by December 21st. Online orders must be completed by December 31st. You do not want to miss out! Delivery will be in June 2019.

EFA Magical Movement/Drama

We had our last session with Ms. Sandy this week.  The students created their first play complete with creatively written dialogue!

Language Arts
Image result for Schools around the worldWe learned about different cultures this week in our story Schools Around the World.

Our comprehension strategy was author's purpose and we focused on words with long e (-ee, and -ea).

Social Studies

The Holiday Season is a perfect time to celebrate different cultures, which ties in nicely with our Schools Around the World story this week!  In honor of Hanukkah, we made latkes on Friday.  Several friends came back for seconds and thirds!  We also learned about the 8 Nights of celebration and learned how to play the Dreidel game.  Next week, we'll explore the cultural traditions of Kwanzaa.  If you have a cultural tradition that you would like to share with our class, we'd enjoy having you come in and read a story, run an activity, or make a recipe for us.  Just let me know and we'll make it happen!


Addition and Subtraction within 200 with word problems

Lesson 1:  I can relate 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, and 10 less to addition and subtraction of 1 and 10.

Module 4 Lesson 1 Tutorial

Lesson 2:  I can add and subtract multiples of 10 including counting on to subtract.

Module 4 Lesson 2 Tutorial

Lesson 3:  I can add and subtract multiples of 10 and some ones within 100 (arrow way.)


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This week we explored temperature and how it can create change in matter.  We tested foil, foam, and paper to see which one was least resistant to increased temperature.  Ask your child about his/her results!  This information will be important as we examine insulators and conductors next week.  In addition, it will help guide our modeling phase of our scientific design process within our "Save the Ice Pop" activity.

This activity will require some extra materials from home.  We are in need of....bubble wrap, cardboard, foil, material such as denim, linen, etc..., foam such as packing peanuts and disposable coffee cups.  If you can send any of these items in, that would add to our classroom experience!!  Thank you so much!!


Hope to see you on Monday, December 11 @ 6:00 at Wings Stadium for the Portage Hockey Classic.
The annual PC vs PN Hockey game is such a fun community event! Elementary students are admitted FREE with the pink ticket coming home last Friday in folders.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Sachwitz Sentinel #12

Friday, November 30, 2018

Tuesday, December 18th - Chipotle 5-9 pm. 33% of all orders go to Lake Center.

Last week we made hearts for the Veterans who attended the 3rd grade Veteran's Day concert.  They were quite creative!


 We explored matter and its properties this week.  We learned about solids, liquids, and gases.  We discussed reversible vs irreversible changes and experimented by making our own butter to demonstrate an irreversible change due to change in temperature and conditions.  Next week, we'll examine the effects of heat on objects, as well as, research conductors vs. insulators!

Language Arts

We began our next theme: "Tell Me About It". Our reading selections in this unit focus on how we communicate with each other. From a fanciful tale of typing cows to artists from around the world, we’ll read about the ways people share their ideas and feelings. As we read, we’ll explore the Big Idea “We learn from each other” .

This week we read a humorous fiction story called Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Farmer Brown’s cows have found a typewriter, and they’re using it to demand better working conditions. What will Farmer Brown do? We’ll also read about how real animals communicate in the informational text: "Talk About Smart Animals!"

Target Vocabulary: problem, impossible, understand, impatient, furious, demand, gathered, believe

Phonics Skills: Base words with endings -s, -es (including pronunciation and (syllables)

Vocabulary Strategy: Prefixes pre- (means “before”) and mis- (means “not”, “wrong” or “badly”)


Lesson 17:  Objective: Compare two three-digit numbers using <, >, and = when there are
more than 9 ones or 9 tens.

Tutorial:  Lesson 17

Lesson 19:  Objective: Model and use language to tell about 1 more and 1 less, 10 more and 10 less, and 100 more and 100 less.

Tutorial: Lesson 19

Lesson 20:  Objective: Model 1 more and 1 less, 10 more and 10 less, and 100 more and 100 less when changing the hundreds place.

Tutorial:  Lesson 20