- Our Voyager character trait for the month of December is kindness, and we focus daily on ways to treat one another as such. We have talked about how we can certainly be kind in the words we choose to speak, but sometimes more importantly, we can show kindness to others with our actions. With kind actions, words are often not necessary. In our class, we value one another, treat each other as equals, and make it a daily goal to show kindness to another person, (even if they may not deserve it at that moment.) Your kiddos are such wonderful human beings, and I am so thankful to you all for striving to raise kind and considerate children. Keep up the good work!
- With only 2 weeks of school left, we are continuing to “hit the books”, and use every moment we have together wisely. So much to learn…so little time! Homework will continue up until the break begins, so please continue to help your child set aside time to get everything done. Study skills are vital to success in middle school (and beyond), and we want to teach our children to “stay the course”, no matter how close we get to the holiday season!
- Mt. Bethel is thrilled to continue our community outreach Spirit of Giving Bags tradition again this year. Many families attending our sister schools rely heavily on school provided breakfast and lunch when schools break for holidays. These families lack the food and necessities needed on a daily basis. During the December 10th TPV, each classroom will prepare a Giving Bag, complete with such necessities. I am happy to say that all items have been accounted for in our classroom, so our class will be able to package full bags for those less fortunate in our community. What a perfect example of kindness your participation is showing the children…THANK YOU! Thank you Mrs. McCabe and Mrs. Reuter for organizing this, and thank you Mrs. Reuter, Mrs. McDougal and Mrs. Krizner for serving as TPVs for our class this Tuesday. You all certainly lead by example!
- Remember to mark your calendars for our class Holiday Party on Wednesday, Dec. 18th from 8:45-9:30am. All are welcome to attend!
LANGUAGE ARTS: This week we continue looking at transition words in a variety of situations, and will test on this Wednesday. These are glued into the students’ writing notebooks, so that is a good place to look to study!
READING: Students seem to be loving the historical fiction books they are reading centered around either the Dust Bowl or the attack on Pearl Harbor. Students have worked very hard, with required reading and written assignments daily, and the nightly HW will continue this week as well. I love to see them enjoying reading! In addition to our Book Club meetings, we will continue to differentiate between main idea and details in nonfiction writing. Pinpointing a clear, concise main idea in a text can be tricky, so we will work hard on this skill this week. VOCABULARY: We will also review all of the prefixes we have studied for the 2nd quarter (bi- & tri-, quad-, co- & com-, and contra- & counter-), and will test on them THIS FRIDAY. The prefixes are numerous, so studying this week is a necessity! Please encourage your child to NOT save it until Thursday night!
WRITING: Paper revisions continue this week. We will dissect each paragraph, checking for topic and closing sentences, and making sure that we have adequate facts sandwiched in between. Students will be able to do a little more research this week in class if they find they need more facts. This is a research paper, and we want to be sure that our readers learn something from our work! Papers will be typed in the computer lab next week, and will be recorded as an ELA TEST grade.
SCIENCE: We will continue our study of plant and animal cells. Students will take a quiz on Thursday!
S5L3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare and contrast the parts of plant & animal cells.
a. Gather evidence by utilizing technology tools to construct an explanation that plants & animals are comprised of cells too small to be seen without magnification.
b. Develop a model to identify & label parts of a plant cell (membrane, wall, cytoplasm, nucleus, chloroplasts) and of an animal cell (membrane, cytoplasm & nucleus).
c. Construct an explanation that differentiates between the structure of plant & animal cells.
MATH: This week we begin looking at how to multiply decimals. This is a completely different format than adding and subtracting decimals, so confusion is likely. Please review this concept with your children at home. Just one problem each evening can strengthen what we are doing in the classroom! We will have a graded Learning Check on this material this Friday. Students will be tested on multiplying and dividing decimals before the Winter Break.
Tuesday, Dec. 10th: All Giving Bag donations are due. Giving Bags will be assembled during TPV time.
Wednesday, Dec. 11th: Transition Words Quiz (words are glued in students’ writing notebooks)
Thursday, Dec. 12th: Science Quiz
Friday, Dec. 13th: Cumulative Vocab TEST & Mrs. Lloyd’s Math Class Learning Check on Multiplying Decimals
Wednesday, Dec. 18th: Class Holiday Party 8:45-9:30am ALL PARENTS INVITED!
Thursday, Dec. 19th & Friday, Dec. 20th: EARLY RELEASE
Monday, Dec. 23rd – Friday, Jan. 3rd: WINTER BREAK