Mrs. Gibson's Class

Week 14: November 30-December 4

Ritchey Woods Outreach Program

Last week your child got the chance to learn more about Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve without having to leave the classroom! Fishers Parks & Recreation’s Chief Naturalist Danesa Stolz visited class during our Nature First program. This one hour outreach program teaches children about our environment through a combination of curriculum based activities paired with hands-on exploration. We invite you to join the conversation through using the "Ask me about" prompts below. We hope this is a helpful tool that allows your family to connect over nature-related topics!

Ask your child about….

Ask your child about how Ritchey Woods has changed!

- Children got to see images of the preserve from the last 80 years. We also talked about what it may have looked like almost 200 years ago when Ebenezer Osborn first moved to the land in 1834.

Ask your child about what the animals in Indiana do to survive the winter!

- We discussed that animals have three choices: to hibernate, to migrate or to stay and adapt to an Indiana winter.

Ask your child what animal I met last week!

- We had a chance to meet Shelby. She is an eastern box turtle. We found out that the box turtles in Indiana hibernate for the winter.

Hour of Code - Next Week

Next week is Hour of Code Week in celebration of Computer Science Education Week! The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. There are new coding apps on the iPads that your child can use to learn how to code! You can also have them go to for other coding tutorials (including one with Minecraft)! I know next week will be a great learning experience for us all!

Holiday Card Exchange

We have made our snow themed cards for the Holiday Card Exchange and sent them in the mail to places all over the United States and others as far as Canada, Australia, & the Czech Republic. Next week we will anxiously be awaiting the arrival of cards from the same classes that we sent a card to. We will use our mapping skills to find all of locations on a map.

A letter from our Room Parents

Hello Parents,

Our Winter party will be on Friday, December 18th. Mary Piper and I (Michelle Huston) welcome volunteers to assist with the party, so please let us know if you are able to help by emailing me at

If you would like to get the teacher an individual gift for the winter party, please feel free to do so. We will email a list of Mrs. Gibson's favorite things out soon!

Thank you. We/I look forward to hearing from you.

Michelle Huston

The Rabbits have Arrived at TCE!

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Upcoming Curriculum

Reading - Nonfiction Texts

Writing - Nonfiction Writing

Grammar - Pronouns

Math - Investigating Story Problems

Science/Social Studies - Brainstorming & Researching Genius Hour Projects

Spelling Sight Words - saw, than, after, well, think

*Spelling Test: Friday, December 19th

Related Arts Schedule

Monday - Art

Tuesday - PE

Wednesday - Music

Thursday - Art

Friday - PE

Mark Your Calendar!

December 4 - Book Orders Due

*Please let me know your order is a gift and you would like me to hold on to it so you may pick it up from the office another time

December 18 - Holiday Party

Scholastic Book Club

Our class code is FZMMZ