# Woods Weekly

## Classroom Happenings

Dear Parents/Guardians,

It's hard to believe that it is already time for our holiday break! I hope everyone has a safe, relaxing, and fun-filled holiday! Please take a look to see what we will be doing when we return in 2016.

## Reminders

• Accelerated Reader will count as two test scores this grading period. One grade will be for reaching the point goal. The other will be for reading comprehension accuracy. Our grading period ends on January 14th, so students still have a little time left to reach their goal.

## Science

Welcome to Physical Science! We will begin with unit 3, which explores forces. We will focus on the following topics:

• motion
• speed
• friction

## Social Studies

We are taking a break from social studies. We will pick it up again in March.

## Math

We are beginning the second half of unit three which focuses on division. This week, we will be working on the following skills:

• Dividing objects into groups
• interpreting the remainder
• dividing money

We will utilize the story "A Remainder of One" to begin this portion of the unit. This story involves a group of bug soldiers who are told to divide in order to form different formations; students will model these formations with their tile pieces. We will then move into discussing how to handle remainders; sometimes, it's okay to leave the remainder as a whole number while other times we need to divide it up further to get a fraction. Students will also play a couple of math games that will allow them to practice division.

We are beginning unit 5 in our Benchmark Reading Series. The skills we will be working on throughout our three week unit include:

• Comparing and Contrasting
• Determining Text Importance

On Friday, students will take a short test over comparing and contrasting.

## Writing

We will be diving into the different parts of an essay (introduction, body, and conclusion) and discussing how to make each part strong.

## Spelling: Words with "w" or /w/ sound before the vowel

Students will be tested over all 10 Core Words. Then, I will choose 10 of the Test Words to give them on Friday. For the last word, students have to write the sentence that I say using the spelling word. I take a writing score for their sentence based on spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.

***It is very important that students spend some time each night practicing their spelling words.***

Core Words

1. worker

2. watch

3. world

4. worse

5. warden

6. squat

7. worship

8. quarter

9. worthwhile

10. backward

Test Words

1. warm-up

2. swallow

4. quarrel

5. worthy

6. squash

7. squabble

8. wallet

9. wallow

10. wander

11. warrior

12. swampy

13. workbook

14. warship

15. warpath

## Important Dates to Remember:

December 21st-31st: Holiday Break/ No School

January 1st: Holiday Break/ No School

January 14th: End of 2nd grading period

January 15th: No School (Snow Make-Up Day)

January 18th: Martin Luther King Day/ No School

## Specials and Lunch/Recess Schedule

Monday: Library

Tuesday: Music and Gym

Wednesday: Music and Gym

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Art

Lunch: 12:20-12:50

Recess: 12:50-1:20

## Conferences

If you would like to set up a conference with me to discuss your child's progress, please email or call me. I am available 3:30-4:00 pm on Tuesdays and 8:00-8:30 am on Thursdays. If those days and times do not work for you, please let me know and we will find another time to meet.