# Peek of the Week

## Language Arts

We are learning about the last element to retelling a story. We are learning about the plot of the story. The plot of the story is the events that happened from the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Don't forget to tell who the characters are and the setting of the story while telling the plot of the story.

• Phonics/Word Study

Identifying Nouns

Review of high frequency words

Writing sentences

• Writer's Workshop

We are writing fun Christmas activities. We are also learning how to add details in our writing.

**GT Cluster Class-- We are working on our research paper about explorers. Ask your child what explorer they are researching.

## Social Studies

It's December and we began our adventure around the world studying holiday traditions from different countries. We will discuss the various traditions and customs that different countries celebrate during the holiday season, and compare them to American traditions. Each country that we visit, students will create a little souvenir and add it to their traveling suitcase.

Home Challenge:

* create a new suit for Santa

* send holiday greetings to friends and family

Winter Family Fun

* Moody Gardens festival of lights, Ice Palace, Polar Express, Nutcracker Ballet

* Houston's Zoo lights

* Ice Skating

* Caroling

Santa's New Suit app preview

Holidays around the World

Sesame Street Holiday videos with Jennifer Hudson

The Berenstain Bears Christmas Tree

Twas the Night Before Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

## Math

In our math class, we reviewed how to compare and order numbers 0 to 99. We made a "greater gator" to help students use the greater than and less than symbol, as well as the equal sign. We had students act out math problems and be the "greater gator". We went on a scavenger hunts around the room looking for numbers in picture form (tens and ones) and then compared them using the correct symbols.

Next week, we will review many of the math skills that we have been learning and getting ready for our very first math district test. Because of the math CBA, students will not have any Astros homework. Instead, students can practice their math skills while making science connections. I will send home a page that has some math questions that are tailored around what we have been learning about in science. The math test is important and we want our students to do their best, but we do not want to stress them out over it either. The new homework page is not for a grade, just for fun and review.

## Science

This week, we studied how heat energy is used and transferred. Students got to hear and sing to a new song about heat energy. We used students and made heat waves and discovered that heat travels through waves. We also discovered that objects change as heat is added or taken away from it. We added heat to crayons using a hair dryer and saw that it melted and turned into a liquid. When heat was taken away from the crayons, the wax cooled and became a solid again. We also made a pretty cool art piece! Ask your student about our wet blanket/towel experiment!

Next week, we will learn how sound energy is used and transferred. We are going to be rocking this wilder town in wolf style!

Saving Energy-

Heat-

Frozen "In summer" song with Olaf

Brainpop-heat-

Brainpop light-

Brainpop-sound-

Magic School Bus-sound

Magic School Bus-light

Magic School Bus-heat

Home Challenge:

* cozy up to a warm fireside and make smores or roast marshmallows (read a holiday story)

* make hot chocolate and watch the marshmallows melt from the heat

* use old crayons and melt into models to make new ones

*make a list of all of the ways your family uses heat energy

## Notes and Reminders

Toys for Tots toy drive at wilder

Yearbooks are on sale online

Dec. 8-12 Scholastic Book Fair Week

Dec. 10- Boosterthon Fun Run. Math CBA