The Buzz in Room 218!

Mrs. Crickenberger's Class-12/14/14

Language Arts

In writing we have been working on daily grammar lessons on topics including: commas, capitalization, types of sentences, abbreviations, and possessives. All daily grammar work is kept in their writing binders. This week I am excited to begin working on persuasive writing techniques and prompts. Be sure to talk with your child about what they are learning about during writing!

In reading many students are finishing up their historical fiction novels. They are continuing to have excellent discussions during reading groups and making great connections! Some reading groups have begun their biography reading and research assignment. This is an in class reading/research project that they will be completing independently on a person of their choice. I will be meeting with students to check their progress, reading, and research strategies. Just a reminder, they are welcome to get a biography from the school library, or they can get a book outside of school as well.

Next week, some students will begin going to Mrs. Dettmann for reading group. If your child starts going to Mrs. Dettmann for reading group, then he/she will not receive additional reading instruction from me. Each student will receive reading instruction from only one of us. Mrs. Dettmann's work will be in addition to regular literacy work such as word study, grammar, and writing.

Social Studies & Science

The students are enjoying learning about matter and the scientific process with Mrs. James. They will have their unit test on Wednesday, December 17th. Their science projects will be due on Thursday, December 18th. This science unit with Mrs. James will end on Thursday, December 18th. Beginning Monday, January 5th the students will be back in homeroom with me beginning our new social studies unit on The Civil War & Reconstruction.


All math classes are continuing to explore the relationships between fractions, decimals, and percentages. We are continuing to work with all math classes on developing as mathematical thinkers, showing all work, and the importance of rechecking their assignments and assessments. Be sure to ask you child what they are learning about in their math class.

Upcoming Dates

  • December 17th: Science Unit Test
  • December 18th: Science Project Due
  • December 19th: Music Sing Along 10:40am-11:10am
  • December 19th: Class Winter Celebration 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • December 22nd-January 4th: Winter Break
  • January 5th: First day back after break
  • January 12th: Winter BEE classes begin
  • January 13th: Healthy Snack Day
  • January 16th: End of 2nd nine weeks

Classroom Needs

It is that time of year when some of our supplies are beginning to run low. We are currently in need of pencils, pink erasers, and eraser caps. If you are willing to donate these items please send them in with your child as it fits your schedule. Thank you in advance for your support!