We Are... Room 304!

Miss Anderson's Weekly Scoop

December 14-18, 2015

DON'T FORGET...

December 2nd-19th ~

  • Fuzzy Puppy Foundation Collection
December 14th ~
  • Hanukkah Ends
December 17th ~
  • Science Quiz (Lessons 4-6)
December 18th ~
  • Happy 1/2 Birthday Isaiah L.!
December 21st ~
  • Gingerbread Math Activity @ 1:45-3:00 PM - Please click the link below to sign up to volunteer or donate gingerbread house materials for the "Candy Shack." If you are sending in materials, please send all "Candy Shack" items in by FRIDAY!
December 22nd ~
  • Holiday Sing Along
  • Orchestra & Band Winter Concert for Their Parents Only - 2:00 PM
  • Buddy Activity with Mrs. Maiese's 1st Grade Friends
December 23rd ~
  • Classroom Reward
  • Winter Party @ 2:00 PM - Please click the link below to sign-up to volunteer. We are in need of two more volunteers! Party volunteers may set-up at 1:30 PM.

Box Tops... Box Tops... Calling All Box Tops!

We are officially in 1st place in the Box Tops Collection Contest, so keep on clippin'!


It is that time of the year when cookie exchanges occur, so bakers be sure to check ingredients for Box Tops! Every Box Top counts!

We Earned Our Class Reward!

This week students earned their 120th paw towards their classroom reward! They've had fabulous behavior in order to earn so many paws! As a class, they have chosen to watch the movie, "Home Alone" which is rated PG. As a "surprise," I will be supplying hot chocolate for students as an extra treat! Please let me know if your student can not have hot chocolate from Dunkin' Donuts in order to have an alternative prepared. What a great way to start our holiday break!

A few quick things about this week...

Reading

We are continuing our unit in our LEAD 21 series focused on Going Green. We will be reading the book A Symphony of Whales to answer the questions, "How can we protect Earth's natural resources?" and "How can we protect Earth's plants and animals?"

Throughout the week students will be focused on making appropriate predictions. Students will also be reviewing using skills and strategies such as recall and retell to help monitor their understanding of what is read. We will continue to find text evidence to support our thinking and use it to support our answers as we respond to text-dependent questions.

Ask me about: What do you think will happen as you continue to read? What predictions can you make based on what you read? Can you tell me what you read by giving me a short summary? Did you need to use any fix-up strategies while you were reading? If so, what did you do? What text-evidence supports your thinking? Why are you thinking...?

Writing & Spelling

This week, students will be reading and analyzing the style of the book, The Day the Crayons Quit to learn how writers enhance their style while writing. Students will be working together to create their own version of the story based on a box of colored pencils. Students will work together to publish their story and create a movie with narration as their published piece.


Ask me about:
How do good writers enhance their writing style? What is your story about? How do authors publish their stories as movies?


Spelling Homework - pgs. 70-71 due Thursday, Unit #11 quiz Friday

*Each week's spelling list will be posted on our class website!

Math

This week students will be starting Unit #5 by learning how to estimate sums and products of numbers. Students will also begin to multiply multi-digit numbers by learning how to use the partial-products algorithm. We will begin multiplication of multi-digit numbers by learning how to play "Multiplication Wrestling." As we learn new algorithms, please check out classroom website for examples to help guide your child at home.

Ask me about: How do you estimate sums? How do you estimate products? What is the FOIL method? How do you play "Multiplication Wrestling"? Can you show me how to use partial-products to multiply multi-digit numbers?

Science ~ Matter

This week we will continue our work as scientists as we investigate the density of solids and liquids. Students will continue to utilize the scientific process and develop/write conclusions to answer investigative questions by using evidence from their experiments to support their conclusions. We will be reviewing weight, volume and density on Wednesday in preparation for a quiz on Lessons 4-6 on Thursday. Our week will end with students applying their knowledge of matter to develop a story about a melting snowman titled, "What's the Matter, Mr. Snowman?"

Ask me about: Does changing the shape of a solid change its volume? Does changing the container of a liquid change the liquid's weight? How can we show that air takes up space? What is density?

We are... a PEANUT & TREE NUT safe classroom!

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