December 12, 2015
Notes from the classroom
Thank you for a wonderful Friday. The Primer and third grade students LOVED showing off their coding projects with family and friends. Many thanks to our game volunteers as well.
Primer students are working hard until the break. The past two weeks flew by but we have managed to compose and almost publish our endangered/threatened animals book in addition to learning time to the half hour, elements of nonfiction, complete coding activities and open the cards we are receiving from the holiday card exchange.
Just a reminder orders for our published book are due before December 18. Order forms can be found in your child's blue folder or you can purchase the book online. If you purchase the book online, please let me know so that I can maintain accurate records.
Homework will not be given the week of December 14. Students will have a Text Talk assessment on their words from "The Gingerbread Man" near the end of the week.
On Tuesday, December 15 students will bring home their paper white bulbs. These plants require little maintenance. Here is a helpful article on the odds and ends of paper whites.
Enjoy every minute of the holidays. I am thrilled to spend time with my family and to visit my mom, my sister and her family in Chicago after Christmas. I look forward to hearing all about your holiday adventures when we return on January 5.
Our academic focus this week will be to put the finishing touches on our book, record our matter fact rap, synthesize our matter unit to make a video with students selecting pictures and recording facts about what they learned.
The Dallas Zoo
Primer students are wrapping up their states of matter unit with a rap. We learned a rap this week and are set to record our rap on Tuesday, December 15. Students may bring hats and sunglasses to get into their role. I will email the video once we finishing recording.
Just a reminder to bring Nature Exchange items on Monday. Most Primer students brought their items on Friday. Trades are based on points. Students may earn points for:
The Nature Exchange will not take:
Listed below you will find some fun things to do over the holiday break. I am also sending home an optional practice packet to reinforce concepts from the first half of the year.
- Knowledge- what you know about your item.
- Uniqueness-if your item is unusual or different from similar items in the area.
- Quality-the overall condition of your item.
The Nature Exchange will not take:
- Bird items
- Unclean bones
- Animals ( dead or alive)
- Living plants
- Items from the Zoo ( as well as other state or national parks)
- Items from endangered species
- Historical artifacts
Things to do over the holidays
In no particular order…
1. Visit a public library. Find a wordless picture book (the librarian can help) and retell the story. If possible check out the book so everyone in the family can retell the book their own way.
2. Visit a nearby park and play. Try to find a park you have never been to before.
3. Send a letter to a grandparent or other family member via the mail. Learn how to address the envelope. Visit the post office to mail it if possible ( after christmas that is).
4. Ask your Mom or Dad what is their favorite wild animal. Research the animal together and write 5 facts about the animal
5. Write a fictional story about the wild animal you researched.
6. Make a picture sequence of one day. You can draw the pictures or use a camera. Put all the pictures in order and label them First, Second Third etc.
7. Visit a Zoo, an Aquarium, an Arboretum or a Museum. Take pictures to share with the class
8. Bake something with your family. Bonus: share what you make with a neighbor.
9. The answer is 14 cookies. What is the problem. Create several word problems that have an answer of 14 cookies.
10. Pick any fiction book. Write a new ending to the story.
11. Make a word web about yourself.
12. Practice a fire drill at your house. Discuss multiple ways out, your meeting place and the most important rule: Get out, stay out!
13. Insect Hunt: Find as many insects as possible (might need to visit an area with more nature than your house.) Draw and label your favorite insect.
14. Write a note to a firefighter or policeman telling them that you appreciate them keeping us safe. Deliver it to them!
16. Make a map of your neighborhood. Then look at your house on Google Earth and compare it to your map.
17. Collect 120 of something (pennies, toys, leaves, acorns, etc)
18. Measure things in your house. You can use a tape measure or a non-standard unit of measuring such as a shoelace, stick or block. Make a list of the things you measure from shortest to longest.
- December 14 Dallas Zoo field trip
- December 15 Matter Rap recording
- December 16 Christmas Party 1:30-2:20 P.M. Parents are invited to attend
- December 17 Holiday Service in the Main Church at 1:30 P.M. ( Pick up your child in the Primer classroom following the service.)
- January 5 Classes Resume