Sunday, December 4, 2016

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December 5th-9th

Religion –Our 25 Days of Christ is well underway.  We are using this theme to learn about 25 major events in Christ’s life.  We are learning about these events through scripture, art, videos, and individual reflection.  Please feel free to visit this website for more information.
We will continue with these lessons through Christmas.  Advent Prayer Services will be held Dec. 9 at 2:50 (this is a change), Dec. 16 at 8:40 (5th grade leads), and Tues. Dec 20 at 2:50.

Reading/Language Arts – We have taken a break from letter writing and conferencing to engage in a class book-A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  We began this week by learning about Charles Dickens and his background.  We also began accounts on to help with the difficult British vocabulary found in this book.  We started reading Stave 1 as well.  This will be able to count as one of the 40 books students need to read by the end of the school year.  We will complete some comprehension activities as well as engage in some Christmas fun that relates to the book.  We will also still offer independent reading time so that the students can continue working on their 40 books!

Math – We are finishing our Unit 3 and will be having our Unit Test over Geometry on Monday, December 5 and Tuesday, December 6.  Your child has several pieces of information that can be helpful to him/her to study.  Each child has a studyguide, their red spiral, and past studylinks to help prepare for the test.  

Science - We are just about finished with our unit over Matter.  Students have had a great time learning about the three main states of matter and applying their learning in several different lab experiments.  We will test over matter and its changing states on Tuesday and begin Road Tripping through Iowa History for social studies.

Language Arts – We began a unit on nouns as well as an informative writing unit in preparation for an informative paper in January to be written about MLK (his life and legacy).

Spelling – Spelling words next week will consist of words with the ie and the ei vowel combinations.  Generally, i is before e, except after c when sounded like a as in neighbor and weigh.