Mrs. Novack's News

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 Canada. 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 and explore the geography of each location using Google Earth.

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 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!

Upcoming Curriculum

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

Related Arts Schedule

Monday - PE

Tuesday - Music

Wednesday - Art

Thursday - PE and Library

Friday - Music

Mark Your Calendar!

December 11 - PTO Spirit Day - pajama day

December 18 - Holiday Party

Scholastic Book Club

Our class code is J4YBQ