Pleasant Valley School

November and December 2022 Newsletter

News from Miss Sheets

November is a time for thankfulness...

Thank you to our Veterans for the sacrifices you made for our country.

Thank you to our students for coming to school ready to learn and always trying their best.

Thank you to the parents for all the support and encouragement that you provide.

Thank you to our School Board for their support and assistance with maintenance projects.


Winter Gear: Thank you for sending winter gear and classroom shoes or slippers. The students have been enjoying fun in the snow this week.


Parent - Teacher Conferences: Thank you for coming and visiting with me about your students.

A THANKSGIVING THANK YOU FROM OUR STUDENTS

1st Grade:

I'm thankful for going to Central School Museum.

I'm thankful for my mama.

I'm thankful for my sister.


2nd Grade:

I'm thankful for family.

I'm thankful for my family.


3rd Grade:

I'm thankful for my horse.


5th Grade:

I'm thankful for family.


6th Grade:

I'm thankful for my mom and dad.


8th Grade:

I'm thankful for my parents.

I'm thankful for my family.

Looking Back at October

School Events

No School: Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 23-25

Class Christmas Party - December 21

This year we will do a Secret Santa gift exchange again. The students have already been asking me. They will draw names prior to Thanksgiving break and may bring in gifts to hide under the tree at any point after Thanksgiving. Students are also welcome to bring treats to share with the class on party day.


Parents - If you wish for your student to not participate in the Secret Santa gift exchange, please let me know prior to Nov. 21st.

Holiday Program and Potluck Dinner - December 21 at 6:00 pm

Big picture

Winter Break - December 22 - January 2

Class will resume on Monday, January 3rd.

What Are We Learning?

1st Grade

Math

Unit 1 - Numbers Within 10

Addition and Subtraction


Reading

UNIT 2 THEME: I Spy

  • Essential Question: How do living thinks change?
  • Reading Workshop: Read informational text and understand its elements.
  • Phonics: Consonant Blends and Digraphs - ck, sh, th, ing
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) help, little, come, my, saw; Week 2) walk, she, what, take, jump; Week 3) this, use, from, think, blue; Week 4) goes, make, her, too, all; Week 5) four, five, ride, your, part; Week 6) know, many, after, into, don't


Science

Topic 3 - Sky and Earth

What objects are in the sky, and how do they move?


Social Studies

Topic 3 - Symbols and Traditions of the United States

What does it mean to be American?


Arts

This month we are learning about shape. In music, we are working on our holiday songs.

2nd Grade

Math

Unit 2 - Numbers within 100

Addition, Subtraction, Time, and Money


Reading

Unit 2 THEME: Nature's Wonders

  • Essential Question: What patterns do we see in nature?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of informational text and understand their features and structures.
  • Phonics: Contractions; Long a: ai, ay, ea; Digraph: ie; Long e: ee, ea, ey, y; Long o: o, oa, ow; Compound Words
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) different, between, even; Week 2) kind, change, air; Week 3) animal, point, study; Week 4) letter, answer, page; Week 5) near, food, try; Week 6) country, city, school


Science

Topic 2 - Changing Matter

Essential Question: How do you change materials?


Social Studies

Topic 3 - Government

How does government work?


Arts

This month we are learning about shape. In music, we are working on our holiday songs.

3rd Grade

Math

Unit 2: Multiplication and Division

Concepts, Relationships, and Patterns


Reading

Unit 2 THEME: Interactions

  • Essential Question: How do plants and animals live together?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of informational text and understand their elements.
  • Trade Book: Wetlands - Due Dec. 21
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: associate, prefer, features, investigate, avoid
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) patterns, nature, repeat, sequence, symmetry; Week 2) predators, protection, immune, species, emerges; Week 3)depended, well-being, population, available, balance; Week 4) habitat, solitary, multiplied, eliminated, reintroduced; Week 5) interdependence, camouflage, adaptions, food chain, biodiversity
  • Word Study: Week 1) VC/V and V/CV words; Week 2) r-Controlled Vowels; Week 3) Compound Words; Week 4) Syllable Patterns; Week 5) Contractions
  • Week 6 Project: Create a scrapbook page to describe a beneficial relationship between a plant and an animal.


Science

Topic 3 - Weather

Essential Question: What are ways to reduce the impacts of hazardous weather?


Social Studies

Topic 3 - Communities Build a Nation

Essential Question: How does our past affect our present?


Arts

This month we are learning about shape. In Music, we are practicing our holiday songs.

5th Grade

Math

Unit 2: Decimals and Fractions

Place Value, Addition, and Subtraction


Reading

Unit 2 THEME: Observations

  • Essential Question: How do we learn through our observations?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of informational text and understand their features and structures.
  • Trade Book: The Tarantula Scientist - Due Dec. 21
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: expert, focus, visible, relate, detect
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) marine, ecosystem, flying bridge, chlorophyll, nautical; Week 2) comeback, native, migrating, restore, fungus; Week 3) gingerly, ignite, sputtered, painstaking, gratified; Week 4) transmitter, iconic, nocturnal, burrows, fragmented; Week 5) sanctuaries, diminished, thrive, unfettered, cooperate
  • Word Study: Week 1)Open and Closed Syllables; Week 2) Final Stable Syllables: -le, -tion, -sion; Week 3) r-Controlled Vowels; Week 4) Prefixes: il-, in-, im-, ir-; Week 5) Base Words and Endings
  • Week 6 Project: Create a survival guide for visitors to a natural area, like a national park.


Science

Topic 4 - Earth's Water

Essential Question: How much water can be found in different places on Earth?


Social Studies - America's Past

Topic 4 - Life in the Colonies

Essential Question: What does it take to build a new society?


Arts

This month we are learning about shape. In Music, we are focusing on our holiday songs.

6th Grade

Math

Unit 2: Decimals and Fractions

Base-Ten Operations, Division with Fractions, and Volume


Reading

UNIT 2 THEME: Animal Allies

Essential Question: How can people and animals relate to each other?

Trade Book: Where the Red Fern Grows - Due Dec. 21

Writing: Explanatory Essay - How can animals and people help one another?


Science - Middle School Physical Science

Topic 3 - Energy

Essential Question: How does energy cause change?


Social Studies - Middle School American History

Topic 5 - The Early Republic (1789-1825)

Essential Question: How much power should the federal government have, and what should it do?

Topic 6 - The Age of Jackson and Westward Expansion (1824-1860)

Essential Question: Why do people move?


Arts

This month we are learning about shape. In Music, we are focusing on our holiday songs.

8th Grade

Math

Unit 3: Linear Relationships

Slope, Linear Equations, and Systems


Reading

UNIT 2 THEME: The Holocaust

Essential Question: How do we remember the past?

Trade Book: The Devil's Arithmetic - Due Dec. 21

Writing: Explanatory Essay - How can literature help us to remember and honor the victims of the Holocaust?


Science - Middle School Physical Science

Topic 3 - Energy

Essential Question: How does energy cause change?


Social Studies - Middle School Montana History

Topic 5 - Beaver, Bison, and Black Robes: Montana's Fur Trade (1800-1860

The Big Picture: "The fur trade was the beginning of a new economy based on exploiting natural resources mostly for the profit of people living far away." (pg. 81)

Topic 6 - Montana's Gold and Silver Boom (1862-1893)

The Big Picture: "Gold discoveries triggered a flood of new people into Montana. They used and thought about the land in an entirely different way than the Indian tribes who had made their homes here for thousands of years." (pg. 101)


Arts

This month we are learning about shape. In Music, we are focusing on our holiday songs.