For Your Information
- December 10: Teacher Holiday Luncheon/TPV – 11:15-1:15
- December 13: Cobb Parks & Recreation In-School Field Trip (Fossil Exploration)
- December 18: Nagle Class Holiday Party – 12:30-1:15PM
- December 19 & 20: Early Release – School Dismissed 2-Hours Early
- December 23-January 3: Winter Break
Suggested Holiday Gift:
When we return in the new year, students who stay with me on Target days will be reading a book titled The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. This journey shows the reader what life is all about through loss, kindness, compassion, appreciating what you have and making the most of it. The main theme can be summarized by a quote from the book, “If you have no intention of loving or being loved, then the whole journey is pointless.”
The mentor text, we will ALL be reading (Target included), for the 3rd nine weeks is Because of Winn-Dixie by the same author. I have several copies of both, but not enough for everyone. Both novels are deep, meaningful narratives that are very moving and teach us life lessons. We focus on narrative themes, characters and traits in the 3rd nine weeks. It’s also interesting to see common themes from an author across multiple published pieces. The students are already starting to understand this in children’s literature.
Author ~ Kate DiCamillo:
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
- Because of Winn-Dixie
A Peek at the Week
Grammar/OG – We will work with common roots. A root is part of a word that has a meaning of its own. Many roots come from ancient Latin and Greek words.
You can figure out words you don’t know by looking inside them for the roots you do know. In each lesson below, we will work with five common roots.
ped or pod foot
spec to look
magni great, big
nym name or word
We will learn about Affixes: prefixes and suffixes. We will determine the meaning of a new word formed when an affix is added to a word.
Math – We will collect and record data through observations and surveys. We will draw scaled picture and bar graphs. We will relate bar graphs to scaled picture graphs. We will also draw, organize, and analyze data in line plots.
Reading/Writing – We are reading biographies through different lenses. Readers of narrative nonfiction read with different lenses. One of those lenses is to understand the story, and another lens is to learn information. We will seek out unifying ideas behind the texts we read. We will use what we know about understanding fictional characters when we are reading narrative nonfiction.
Each partnership is doing a shared reading and informational writing unit on a chosen biography. Do you have any of these biographies at home we could borrow or are willing to donate (also Who Is Michael Jordan)???
Social Studies – We are reading about the first people, the Paleo Indians, who traveled to and lived in North America. We’ve identified where Paleo Indians crossed from Asia to North America, what they ate, how they lived and how they survived.
We are reading to learn about other American Indian cultures that occupied various North American regions: Arctic, Northwest Coast, Great Plains, Northeast, and Southeast tribal nations.
We are in the middle of a research project with Mrs. Kindchy in the Learning Commons. Each partnership is writing a poem based on their research of a chosen tribe’s climate, food, clothing, shelter and cultural systems. They are using the app iMovie to tell their stories using pictures and music. They will get to share their digital stories, and then we will compare and contrast what we’ve learned about each tribe.
Science – What are fossils? Students will understand how fossils are formed and explain how fossils provide evidence of past organisms and environments. Here’s a informational fossil video: https://www.sheppardsoftware.com/scienceforkids/dinosaurs/fossils.htm
Cobb Parks visits on Friday for a fossil exploration…