Thursday, January 14, 2016
Dear UMAC Parents,
We were SO happy to see the warm sun today and have warmer temperatures. I was so proud of how well my team continued on their academic adventures even with several days of indoor recess!
Next week throughout our literacy, we will be introducing a fairy tale unit next week. To enrich our reading and writing activities, we are asking students to bring in a favorite fairy tale from home if possible. Since all of our UMAC and fifth grade classes will be studying this genre, there will be a limited supply of texts to check out in the library. (This is completely optional, but if you have a few books you would be willing to share throughout this unit, they will be returned in four weeks.)
**Please also see the note about the Valentine's party in our Upcoming Events section since it will be held at a different time due to our Early Release Day.
Have a nice, long weekend!
This week we read Uncle Jed’s Barbershop. In this memoir, a young girl tells the story of her compassionate and protective Uncle Jed who persevered through many obstacles and doubts of others to achieve his dream of opening his own barbershop. Our team had a great discussion about the positive traits that Uncle Jed possessed and ultimately it was these traits that led him to achieving his dream. I was so impressed to hear my team independently infer the author’s message, or theme of this uplifting text.
We spent some time this week reflecting on the year ahead! Students were asked to brainstorm a list of goals/things that they wanted to accomplish in 2016 in three areas: school, home, and free time. After brainstorming, students chose a specific goal for each area and wrote a final draft outlining not only what they hope to accomplish but how they expect to reach this goal. Be sure to check in with your UMAC student to find out what goals they have set for themselves!
Students dove right into our next History Alive chapter this week. In chapter 8 students are learning about the history of slavery. We are learning many new facts about the many dilemmas that West Africans were faced with during the 1500’s. This is a difficult part of history to cover with our students; however, we have been so impressed with the students maturity and wonderful discussions surrounding this topic.
Old Friends: Our old friends were using a variety of graphs this week to determine the trends and data that were presented. Percent circles were a favorite since our team shared how it was interesting to view the percentages presented.
Monday, January 18- No School
Friday, January 22- History Alive Chapter Test!
**Please make your calendar! Our Valentine’s Day party will be held on Friday, February 12 @ 11:00! We ask that if your child chooses to bring in valentine’s to share with the class, they bring one for everyone in the class. :)