December 18-21 Upcoming Events
The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus."
This will be our last newsletter until January!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Religion –Our 25 Days of Christ is still 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. http://25daysofchrist.com/pages/the-25-days-new-testament-edition
We will hold our final Advent prayer service on December 21st at 9:30. We will begin a unit on Sacraments following Christmas break.
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. This will be able to count as one of the 40 books students need to read by the end of the school year. We are also still offering independent reading time so that the students can continue working on their 40 books! When we return from break, we will finish up A Christmas Carol and then move into a unit on MLK. We will read various books and articles about MLK and reinforce a number of comprehension strategies during this unit. There will still be time for independent reading to reach that 40 book mark at the end of the year!
Math – We continue to work on Division concepts. We will also be interpreting remainders in story problems. Please work on math related situations over the break - cooking, wrapping presents, and shopping all offer real-life ways to incorporate everyday math skills. :)
Social Studies - We have been working hard showing knowledge of geopgraphy as we have been going through our preliminary rounds for the Geo Bee. Ask you student if they are moving on (they know). The written test will be givin on Monday the 18th. We will start preparing for BizTown when we return from Christmas break. Volunteer information for BizTown related teaching will be coming home soon so keep an eye out.
Science - Students have been exploring hands on activities in our science lab about mass and weight and the instruments used to measure both. We will continue to learn about matter and the changing states of matter, testing on this information will take place when we return from Christmas Break.
Language Arts – We completed our unit on Nouns. We’ll complete a couple weeks of Daily Language Review in January and then begin work on a Verb unit. We’ve been working on persuasive writing pieces. We’ve taken the writing process step-by-step as a class. We’ve discussed pros/cons, counterarguments, and the vocabulary typically used in a persuasive piece of writing. We’ve also discussed how to choose reputable sources and how to cite our sources to avoid plagiarism. The completed persuasive papers will be turned in for a grade. We probably won’t get these finished before break but we’ll complete them when we return after break. We will then work on an informative paper in January to be written about MLK (his life and legacy). This will be paired with learning in Reading. The paper in January will be a graded piece as well.
Spelling – There will not be a spelling test next week due to the short week. Our next spelling test will be the week of January 8th. It will consist of words with the soft g sound.