The Frasier News

October 2015

A Letter From Your Teacher

October has arrived and it is full of mystery and suspense! We have many fun things planned this month, including: An Amazing Mystery Unit, Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences, Fall Break, and our annual Halloween Parade and Party! There are also multiple opportunities to volunteer in our classroom this month. If you are interested in helping with a novel group or with our class party, please let me know. We would also welcome any guest speakers who are knowledgeable about our Earth Science topics: natural disasters, the water cycle, and/or renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. In addition, if you would like to provide props, snacks, or costumes for our Mystery "Dinner" Theater, please contact me. As always, please email me with any questions or concerns!

Important Dates:

  • Oct 1st - National Count Day (Attendance) & Run 4 Funds Prize Day
  • Oct 2nd - PTO Meeting (7:45 am)
  • Oct 5th-8th - Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences (See Sign-Up Genius)
  • Oct 9 - Teacher Work Day (No School)
  • Oct 12-16 - Fall Break (No School)
  • Oct 30 - Halloween Party & Parade

This Month's Educational Focus: Mysteries Abound!

Our class is beginning an AMAZING Mystery Unit this month. This unit will incorporate standards and World Class Outcomes from all subject areas. I'm most excited about our upcoming Mystery "Dinner" Theater, our CSI Crime Scene Examination, and our inquiry into Mysterious Happenings in South America! Students will also begin their novel study groups which will focus on the genre of mysteries and my read aloud will also be mysterious!


  • World Class Outcomes:
  1. Evaluate how authors are strategic in creating meaning with more elements and more complex texts.
  2. Justify how perspective is a catalyst for change.
  • Reading Concepts:
  • Novel Study - Mystery Unit
  • Poetry - Featured Poets: Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Frost, Walter de La Mare
  • Nonfiction Reading - Junior Scholastic and online resources
  • Mystery Unit - Theme, plot, point of view, characterization, setting, foreshadowing, & flashback


  • World Class Outcome:
  1. Create meaning strategically in writing.
  • Writing Concepts:
  • Summary Writing - for both nonfiction and fiction texts
  • Narrative Writing: Mysterious Prompts


  • World Class Outcomes:
  1. Evaluate multiple perspectives on global issues to develop point of view.
  2. Demonstrate the process of inquiry.
  3. Evaluate the degree of influence within a complex social system.
  • Humanities' Concepts:
  • Geography of South America and its relation to the USA
  • History of South America
  • Cultural Awareness of South America as compared to the USA
  • Mystery Connection: Mysteries of South America: the Nazca Lines, Easter Island, Sacsayhuaman, Strange Creatures of the Amazon, Machu Picchu, Lost Treasures of South America


  • World Class Outcomes:
  1. Evaluate interactions within and among multiple systems.
  2. Analyze the relationship between multiple causes and effects to formulate a prediction of possible outcomes.
  3. Demonstrate the process of inquiry.
  4. Evaluate the relationship between ethical decisions and their impact on a global society.
  • Earth Science Concepts:
  1. The Water Cycle, the Continental Divide, and the significance of flooding and/or drought conditions in our country/state
  2. Renewable/Nonrenewable resources


  • World Class Concepts:
  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Attend to precision.
  3. Look for and make use of structure.
  • Math Concepts:
  1. Adding & subtracting decimals
  2. Estimating products
  3. Multiplying decimals by whole numbers
  4. Dividing multi-digit numbers
  5. Estimating quotients
  6. Dividing decimals by whole numbers
  7. Dividing decimals by decimals
  • Mystery Connections: Mysterious Logic Problem

Our Cool Class

Our "Cool Class" consists of 23 creative & collaborative kiddos! We are World Citizens, Innovators, Explorers, and Problem Solvers! Watch out World!!!