Invitations went out last week for the Celebration of Learning Accelerated Reader awards. Congratulations to all of you who met your AR point goals with at least 85% accuracy on the quizzes: Alex, Jeremiah, Brandon, Christian, Matt, Ryan, Josh, Justin, Mareia, Nick, Valeria, Makenna, Kailani, Christine, Sebastian, Mia, Daniela, Genesis, and Alan! The assembly will be on Wednesday, December 10 at 11:00 a.m. in the multi-purpose room.
Our day to shop at the annual Holiday Boutique is Thursday, December 11. If you would like to allow your student to shop for friends and family, please send their money in the envelope I sent home last week. If you lost the envelope, you can use any envelope. This is a very popular event each year.
Family Math Night
Family Math Night was a great way to enjoy some cool math activities with your entire family. I was excited to see Mareia, Nick, Makenna, and Daniela there along with their families. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Our wonderful room parent, Mrs. Arietta, is putting together a party for the class to enjoy the in the afternoon on December 19. The party will be a winter theme so all of our students can enjoy it and participate in all the activities. Please think about volunteering your time to help that afternoon--Mrs. Arietta, Mrs. Quitt's Cool Kids, and I all appreciate your time and help. The class has been working very hard and has earned this special treat.
Reminder: Heritage Doll, Family Tree, Interview, Oral Report
Due dates are coming up FAST! The doll and family tree are due on Dec. 16. Oral reports are due on the 17th. These due dates are true deadlines--even if a student is not in school, their reports still need to be turned in on time. If necessary, you can drop the reports/dolls/family trees off at the office or send them with a classmate or sibling.
Social Studies Vocabulary:
See last week's entry for key words.
Reading Comprehension Skills
Main Idea/Details - what is the passage/paragraph/book mostly about? What are some details to support the main idea?
Author's Purpose - why did the author write the story, text, or letter? To entertain? To inform? To teach a lesson?
Compare and Contrast - what are the similarities and differences between two texts or stories about the same subject? Students need to be able to show this using a double-bubble thinking map. See last week's entry for an example.
Beginning narrative writing. Students must be able to write a personal narrative including important details and description in an orderly sequence of events. The narrative must be written in the first person and must include the setting, problem, wish, or goal, at least three events leading to a resolution, and, of course, the resolution. We will be focusing on description and events this week.
R-controlled syllables. A vowel changes its pronunciation when followed by "bossy R." Examples: car, letter, curb, third, cord, etc.
Adjectives. Students should be able to identify adjectives in stories and texts, as well as generate appropriate adjectives for their writing.
Adverbs. Students should be able to identify adverbs in stories and texts, as well as generate appropriate adverbs for their writing.
Syllables. Students should be able to divide words into syllables based on Closed, Open, Vowel-consonant-silent e, Consonant-le, and R-controlled patterns.
Rearranging sentences. Students should be able to rearrange sentences for variety. For example: "Yesterday in the library, the boy found two wonderful non-fiction books about dinosaurs," can be rearranged to become, "The boy found two wonderful non-fiction books about dinosaurs in the library yesterday."
Finishing Unit 3. We will be assessing Unit 3 at the end of the week. Depending on our progress, I may push the assessment to the beginning of next week. Then, we will begin Unit 4, which focuses on different varieties of coins adding up to 100 and introduces ungrouping tens. This leads us to subtraction of two digit numbers with and without regrouping, rounding to the nearest ten, and estimating using rounding.