Crunch Time!

As the end of quarter four draws near it’s crunch time for grades.  I highly recommend you check CrossPointe over the weekend to see if your child has any missing work.  Monday morning is the absolute latest I can accept any late assignments.

If you have any questions about what an assignment is please don’t hesitate to send me an email at


This won’t get you extra credit.



Weekend Update


  • SAT 10 starts next week
  • Field trip forms for Embracing Our Differences going home
  • History Fair menu projects due Monday
  • History Fair exhibits due Friday

Reading & Writing

Both fourth and fifth grade wrapped up their reading units last week.  Because of SAT 10 testing coming up this week we’re not planning on starting a new reading unit.  Instead, students will be working to wrap up History Fair and writing projects.

In fourth grade writing we finally completed our thirteenth and final type of poetry!  Students will be continuing to work on publishing their own poems to create a poetry book by the end of the week for a final assessment.


Poetry Book guidelines


Fifth grade continued to work on their memoirs – working to revise and draft the second draft of their personal memoir.  Final drafts will be due next week.

Social Studies

History Fair is rolling along and two huge due dates are coming up fast!  First, students menu projects are due this Monday.  It’s vital that these projects be wrapped up on time so that students can use their class time this week to work on their exhibits, which are due by Friday, May 16th.  This is a chance for students to be the teacher and help others learn more about their chosen topic!  Remember, if you have questions about history fair you can find the answers to just about everything at our History Fair website:

Field Trips

Our fourth graders had a fantastic time at MOSI on Thursday!  Thank you to everyone who worked to make that trip possible; you can see some pictures from the trip here.

We will be going on our final field trip of the year on Wednesday, May 21st, to the Embracing Our Differences art exhibit at Marina Jack’s park in Sarasota.  Forms for this field trip should be coming home Monday and are due back by Wednesday.  This is a free field trip, but students will need to bring their own lunches.  If you’re interested in chaperoning please shoot me an email (4th grade parents only please – 5th grade parents should contact Ms. Yurschak).

Extra Credit

To learn how to sign up for a free NewsELA account and gain access to our weekly extra credit articles, visit our Extra Credit page.

This Week’s Articles:

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Thompson


IMG_4175A huge thank you to all the parents, teachers, chaperones, and students who helped to make our fourth grade field trip to the Museum of Science and Industry a success!  We had a great time!

Quiz Alert!

Fourth & Fifth grade have some reading quizzes coming up (Friday for 4th; Monday for 5th)!  To help students study, I’m attaching some “quick codes” students can use to review the lessons online.  Simply go to and enter the quick code to see the lessons we’ve been working on the last two weeks.

4th Grade (Reading Poetry)

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  • LZ626

5th Grade (Reading Informational Texts)

  • LZ1777
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MOSI Info (4th grade)

On Thursday, May 8th, our fourth grade will be going on their field trip to MOSI in Tampa.

Remember to:

  • Send a bag lunch with your child that doesn’t contain anything which may go bad.  We’ll be keeping them in a cooler, but better safe than sorry.
  • Students MUST be in school uniform.  We’re going to walk a lot so sneakers ONLY.
  • The buses will arrive at 8:15 AM.  Don’t be late as we will not be able to wait for you.
  • Buses are scheduled to arrive back at school at 4:30 PM.  Please wait in your vehicles in car line, we will unload the buses and a teacher will bring your child to your car.
  • ISNP is not responsible for you leaving a phone/tablet/walkman on the bus or at MOSI.  You may bring a phone for emergencies, but please keep it off at the museum.



This is a Walkman

  • 8:15 – Leave school
  • 10:00 – Arrive at MOSI check-in
  • 10:15-11:15 – Myth Buster’s Exhibits
  • 11:15 – 11:45 – Lunch
  • 12:00 – “Myths & Mysteries” show
  • 1:00 – IMAX movie, “Sharks”
  • 2:00 – Immediately following IMAX, return to bus
  • 4:30 – Arrive at school

If you have any questions please comment on this post or shoot me an email.  Thanks!

Note: Chaperones, you should be receiving an email from me with more info about the trip by tomorrow.

Weekend Update


  • Quarter four progress reports went home today
  • History fair research notes and bibliographies due today
  • All history fair menu projects due May 12th
  • 4th grade field trip to MOSI is this Thursday (May 8)
  • Reading quizzes for both grades Friday of next week (May 9)

Reading & Writing

This week fourth grade has been learning about how to read poetry by slowing down and paying special attention to things like a poem’s title, how lines are organized into stanzas, how an author uses punctuation, and how to look at the nouns to envision the setting.  In writing fourth grade continued learning about different forms of poetry including Haiku (for those who were absent that day), Limericks, and “If I were. . .” poems.


Fifth grade spent the week in reading working on how to take apart complex non-fiction texts and jot down important details.  This is an especially important area for students as they worked to research their history fair projects.  Students also worked to complete the first drafts of their memoir writing projects.

Social Studies

Students continued work on their epic history fair projects this week.  All students turned in their research notes for me to check today and both classes went to the computer lab where we worked on our bibliographies.  If your child didn’t get theirs done in class, they can work on it over the weekend by clicking here:  History Fair – Bibliography.

Extra Credit

If you haven’t signed up for a NewsELA account to work on extra credit articles you’re missing out!  Visit our Extra Credit page to find out how (it literally takes two minutes).  Sign up, log in, read the articles in your binder, answer questions about them and get extra credit every week!

This week’s article (4th & 5th):

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Thompson



Field Trip Lunches (4th grade)

For those of you with students going on the 4th grade field trip to MOSI on May 8th, please let me know if your child plans on buying lunch by filling out your child’s name and checking the box below.  I have to get a count in to the cafeteria by the end of this week.  If your child plans on bringing their own lunch you don’t have to do anything.  Thanks!