# Products, Peace, and Poetry!

Math

Who knew multiplying fractions could actually be fun?! That’s what some of your mathematicians said this week as we learned a new skill and they realized they were ready for it! We have been studying fractions for several years now, and all that knowledge is culminating this year in the form of multiplying and dividing fractions. When you multiply two fractions, you must multiply the two numerators and that product becomes your new numerator. Then you multiply the two denominators and that product becomes the new denominator. We really put our skills to the test when we had to multiply mixed numbers! Have your child explain how to solve this problem: 3 1/3 x 4 2/5.

Peace, Locomotion

Imagine Peace

I think it’s blue because that’s my favorite color

I think it’s soft like flannel sheets in the wintertime.

I think Peace is full –

like a stomach after a real good dinner –

beef stew and corn bread or

shrimp fried rice and egg rolls

• Lonnie Collins Motion “Locomotion”

This week your readers and poets began the sequel to Locomotion, our narrative poem from last week. Locomotion is a boy who has recently become an orphan after the tragic death of his parents in a house fire. He uses poetry as a way to tell his story and express his emotions. His little sister, Lili, was adopted and he misses her dearly. Peace, Locomotion is the sequel in which the entire story is told through letters from Locomotion to Lili. As 5th graders read this week, they analyzed the structure, looked for evidence to discuss character inferences, and tracked characters’ growth over time.

Poetry

As we continue preparations for our annual Pass It On publication, your poets are working through the revision stage of the writing process. They have narrowed down their collection of original poems to their three favorites. These three poems were revised this week and then sent to the selection committee to pick two for Pass It On. Writers focused on adding luscious language, reformatting their line breaks, and holding their focus throughout the entire poem. We can’t wait to share all of our hard work with you at Pass It On on May 5th.

Important Dates

Monday, April 10 – 17                      Spring Break, No School

Tuesday, April 18                              School Resumes

Thursday, April 20                            TCS Silent Auction, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Friday, May 5                                     Grandparents Day, 11:30 Dismissal

Friday, May 5                                     Pass It On, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Sunday, May 7                                   End of Year Picnic, 3:30 – 5:00 pm