Mrs. Novack's News
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
Holiday Card Exchange
Donors Choose Project
We are almost fully funded for our project to get stability balls for the class. We only have $68 left to raise. Research has shown that the use of stability balls instead of traditional chairs in classrooms greatly increases focus time and academic performance especially for those who have a greater need for movement.
You can see our project or make a donation at DonorsChoose.org: Move to Learn!.
I am SO appreciative of all who have been able to donate!
If you know anyone who may want to help our classroom, please pass this along!
Reading - Comparing and contrasting texts
Writing - Nonfiction Writing
Grammar - Adjectives
Math - Investigating the relationship between addition and subtraction
Science/Social Studies - Traditions
Spelling Sight Words - saw, than, after, well, think
*Spelling Test: Friday, December 11th