Thank you to all our students who volunteered to help out at Letters to Santa! Our volunteers did a great job transcribing letters on the computer for our smaller wildcats. It was a great night!
Our week was great! In reading and science, we read about many different native and nonnative plants and synthesized the texts to compare and contrast the key ideas and details. We read about spartina and purple loosestrife and then we read about the kudzu vine and the mangrove tree. Students had opportunities to represent their thinking through writing and also visually! In math, we continued to work on understanding area with an emphasis on the relationship of multiplication to area. In social studies, we worked on learning our continents and oceans as well as reading about people who made significant contributions to society. On Friday, we had our guidance lesson on digital citizenship!
Quarterly Testing: We have quarterly testing over the next two weeks as we near the end of quarter 2! Our schedule is as follows:
Monday, December 11th: Science
Thursday, December 14th: Writing
Friday, December 15th: Math
Monday, December 18th: Reading
English/Language Arts/Science: This week, we will be reading about coprolites and fossils and comparing and contrasting them. We will only do two texts this week since we have to fit in most of our quarterly testing!
Math: After our mid module assessment on Monday, we will be moving into a deeper understanding of area. We will be working with more complex figures (floor plans) to determine the area of a space. This will include the use of the Distributive Property to help us find the area of a complex shape!
Social Studies: Students will continue working on continents and oceans this week as we progress through our geography challenge! Also, we will be comparing and contrasting ourselves with kids from other countries based on what we read about them.
Homework: On Friday, students received their spelling and math multiplication logs! They will need to read nightly and get their planners and calendars signed!
Holiday Excitement: As winter break nears, we realize how excited the kids are getting (because we are excited too!). In an effort to keep us all focused, but also to have some holiday fun in the process, we are going to be stuffing our stockings each day as we earn incentives. Ms. Scalici sent an email about this on Friday! We realize this is a busy and expensive time of year for everyone but any donations would be greatly appreciated 🙂 We have purchased some items already! Also, we will be sending home information about our winter party this week in the Tuesday folder! Our winter party will be on Friday, December 22nd. Your $3 donations go toward our party snacks and also our winter craft that the kids have so much fun making! We will also view a holiday movie that day and participate in Carols, Colors and Candy Canes for specials. Finally, we have a theme for each day for dress up which we will send out later this week. Students do not HAVE to dress to meet the theme- it is just something fun we do as teachers across the school and we love to have our students do it with us!