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A thought on thankfulness

This month is a great time to reflect on the things we are grateful and thankful for. One book I love to read with students to foster this reflection and heart of gratitude comes from Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss - specifically this excerpt:

Thank goodness for all of the things you are not!
Thank goodness you’re not something someone forgot,
and left all alone in some punkerish place
like a rust tin coat hanger hanging in space.
Thats why I say “Duckie!
don’t grumble! don’t stew!
some critters are much-much,
oh, muchly much-much more unlucky than you!”

As I reflect on all the things I am personally thankful for, I include you and your children - I enjoy being in their company and working with them every day. I feel grateful for your continued support and encouragement, and for sharing "your people" with me. Thank you!

Try This At Home ...

Write a letter to a soldier together. Discuss the meaning of Veteran's Day.

Next Week's Set List (November 16-20)

Week at a Glance/Skills for the Week:

LITERACY – We continue working on discussing and talk about our reading in a justifiable way by providing evidence for our thinking to support our ideas. We will also focus on how our deeply held beliefs, values, and opinions impact us as readers. We continue reading Maniac Magee.

– We continue our unit on persuasive and opinion writing, focusing on topics that are meaningful to us because they are at the core of who we are, and we can provide reasons for why others should consider our viewpoints on these topics.

MATH – We continue Unit 5, which focuses on fractions. This is a challenging unit!

SPELLING – We will test on Thursday. Unit 2 5th grade words: among, does, written, single, and build. Unit 9 4th grade words: notice, special, toward, people, and kept.

SCIENCE – Students will work in small groups to create a product to share with their community on how to increase safety of transportation. This project will be due on Monday, November 23rd.

SOCIAL STUDIES – We are taking a break from Social Studies and will resume later in the school year.

TIPS - We will continue to use Time for Kids magazines to explore nonfiction text features, as well as Journeys texts in small groups to practice skills identified as areas of need from NWEA testing.

Upcoming Events

November 23rd: Science PBL project due

November 25th-29th: Thanksgiving Break

December 10th: Book Review Assignment due

December 14th: Genius Hour Presentations due

December 18th: Indiana State Museum Field Trip

Food for Thought

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