## What is going on?

The Class Holiday Party was a huge success! Wow! I have never had so much fun in a class party!

We had an amazing time! Thank you for all the donations! Thank you to Mrs. Avendano for hosting and planning the party! Lots of laughter and fun had by all! We appreciate all the parents and grandparents for helping with setting up and cleaning up. We are a great team.

Winter Break December 23 - January 7 I can't wait to see everyone in 2014! Thank you for all the cards, candies, gift cards, candles, treasures! I really appreciate your generosity! This is my favorite class of all time! I love this group of kids! I am blessed to be involved in their education! Neat kids! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Read, Write, Math, and relax over the break!

What we are learning this coming week...

Week of Jan. 6th

Math: This week we will begin our review and exploration of fractions. This unit will be three weeks long and we’ll start by deciding fair shares then focus on halves, fourths, and eighths using a variety of models. While this seems quite simple, students are sometimes unsure of how to create the most efficient model of a fraction when asked. We will be analyzing and drawing equal shares. Please have children notice fractions over the break, especially while cooking meals. Real life fractions in action!

Reading & Writing: Get ready to dive into some serious culture study! For the next few weeks, our students will be researching through Culture Grams (online resource), different cultural traditions from around the world. Each day, our class will focus on one country’s customs, fill out anchor charts, read various fiction and non-fiction books and develop an All About book on a favorite culture of study.

Science: Students will be observing and describing rocks by size, texture and color. During this lesson students will be grouped into teams where they will be describing a unique rock selected by the group in a Rock Report. Using describing characteristics in a Rock Report the other students will match the rock with the written descriptions in the report. Finally the groups will reveal the written descriptions with the unique rocks.

e-Backpack

Please check out eBackpack for electronic copies of flyers and handouts from the school and PTA!