There is no homework log or fluency passage this week.
Our latest art project used the technique decoupage to create brightly colored fall leaves. For the background, we used cool colors and oil pastels to make swirls representing fall wind.
Thank you! We had 100% of our parents turn out for our first trimester parent/teacher conferences. Thank you again for your outstanding support so we can work together towards your child's success. It was great to talk to everyone and have a chance to catch you up on your student's progress. Remember, if you have any questions or concerns, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), contact me via ClassDojo, or send me a note.
New Home Project
Today your students brought home a new project that accompanies our social studies unit on life today and in the past. Please read the letter and sign and return the bottom portion tomorrow.
The project includes a heritage figure, a family tree, and a report outline. Heritage figures and family trees are due on Monday, December 14th. The written report outlines are due on Tuesday, December 15th, which is the same day that students will share their oral presentations.
Please do not wait until the last minute to work on these projects. Students will be using the report outline in class to generate a complete written report, which will be graded. The oral presentation will be graded as well.
This is a fun project where your whole family can delve deeper into your family's heritage. I can hardly wait to hear what the students have learned!
Today's reading assembly was an experiment for a different type of award experience. I really enjoyed the interactive portion, didn't you? The awards portion was a bit long--hopefully, we will find a way to modify that for next time. Parents, thank you so much for turning out to acknowledge your child's Accelerated Reader accomplishments!
I have been going through and reorganizing my classroom library. In order to make room for new books, some of my older books are being "retired." Last week, each student got to choose one book to keep. Today, each student got to choose TWO books to keep. I hope you and your family enjoy them!
Busy Day on Monday
We had such a busy day today! Besides the reading assembly, we got to choose free books to take home, had a reading comprehension quiz, made our cute turkey centerpieces, and made our own butter.
On the turkey centerpieces there is a recipe to help you use up some of your turkey leftovers. It can also be used with cooked chicken. Inside the turkey is a baggie with a cup of rice that you can use in the casserole. It's tasty--give it a try this year!
We had a fun time making our own butter. Each team had a container with heavy cream in it. The students took turns shaking the container. Eventually, the particles of milk fat stick together, forming butter. The rest is the whey, a liquid we pour away, although some people drink this (waste not, want not). Thanks to Mrs. Fernandez, we were able to taste our homemade (ok, classmade) butter on delicious cornbread. Mrs. Fernandez also made a darling turkey out of a melon for the body and assorted fruit on skewers for the feathers--so cute!
I wish all of you a wonderful and meaningful Thanksgiving holiday filled with friends and family. My husband and I will be spending the day at our daughter and son-in-law's house. Last year we started a new tradition of spending the day together cooking the holiday meal, passing down our family recipes for their favorite dishes.
PJs & Pages
Last year's community service project was so successful, we are doing it again this year. Please donate a new pair of pajamas along with any gently used books. We will be collecting them up until December 4th. They will be distributed to needy families in our area. Thanks for your support!