Pleasant Valley School

January Newsletter

News from Miss Sheets

Welcome 2021, Happy New Year! We are almost half way through the school year. Students will be participating in end of quarter testing on January 19-20. 2nd quarter ends on Jan. 21st. Report cards and MAP testing results will be sent home on January 24th.

100th Day of School - Feb. 4th

The 100th day of school is coming on Feb. 4th. During this month students need to create a project using 100 of something to bring on the 4th. Be creative and have fun!

Looking Back at December

Merry Christmas! Thank You!!! We had a great time dressing up as Santa to deliver our Secret Santa Gifts to our classmates.

School Events

Make-Up Day

January 17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - We will be having school this year. This is our first scheduled make-up day to make-up for the day we missed on November 16 due to a wind storm that knocked out the power.

What Are We Learning?

Kindergarten

Math

Unit 2 - Numbers 6-10

Counting, Writing, Comparing, and Sorting


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: Tell Me a Story

  • Essential Question: Why do we like stories?
  • Reading Workshop: Read traditional stories and understand the elements.
  • Phonics: Letter sounds for Jj, Xx, Uu, Vv, Zz, Qq,
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) was, said, where; Week 2) any, come, play; Week 3) her, how, down; Week 4) away, give, little; Week 5) some, were, funny; Week 6) live, know, going


Science

Unit 3 - Sunlight

Essential Question: What does sunlight do on Earth?


Social Studies

Topic 1 - Who am I?

In a series of activities, students will explore what they look like, what they care about, how they feel, and things they can do.


Arts

In art we are working on shapes. In music we are learning about low C and high C.

1ST GRADE

Math

Unit 2 - Numbers Within 20

Addition and Subtraction and Representing Data


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: Imagine That

  • Essential Question: How can we use our imaginations?
  • Reading Workshop: Read traditional stories and understand the elements of the genre.
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) round, good, said, no, put; Week 2) could, be, old, why, of; Week 3) or, live, work, who, out; Week 4) there, down, drink, now, together; Week 5) grow, full, around, find, under; Week 6) eat, play, so, their, some


Science

Topic 3 - Sky and Earth

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


Social Studies

Topic 1 - How do I get along with others?

Students will learn how cooperating is important to completing a task when working with others.


Arts

In art we are working on shapes. In music we are learning about low C and high C.

2nd Grade

Math

Unit 2 - Numbers within 100

Addition, Subtraction, Time, and Money


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: Our Traditions

  • Essential Question: What makes a tradition?
  • Reading Workshop: Read different types of traditional tales and understand their elements.
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) eyes, earth, thought; Week 2) along, few, head; Week 3) something, example, paper; Week 4) often, important, took; Week 5) hear, idea, enough; Week 6) group, book, almost



Science

Topic 2 - Changing Matter

Essential Question: How do you change materials?


Social Studies - My Community

Topic 1 - What is a Community?

Students will learn about places found in a community.


Arts

In art we are working on shapes. In music we are learning about low C and high C.

4th Grade

Math

Unit 3: Multi-Digit Operations and Measurement

Multiplication, Division, Perimeter and Area


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: Diversity

  • Essential Question: How can we reach new understandings through exploring diversity?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of fiction and understand their elements.
  • Trade Book: Rickshaw Girl - Due Feb. 18, 2022
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: conflict, participate, expand, challenges, accomplish
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) frustrated, cool, confused, irritable, bothered; Week 2) subsided, dedication, impulsively, trance, grudge; Week 3) inspiration, create, heritage, festival, performance; Week 4) miserable, thrilling; Week 5) plunge, thud, thrilled, buoy, flocked
  • Week 6 Project: Research the need for and write a letter to the school principal arguing that inclusive play equipment should be on the school playground.


Science

Topic 3 - Waves and Information

Essential Question: How do we use waves to communicate?


Social Studies

Topic 3 - The Peopling of the United States

Essential Question: How have different groups contributed to the United States?


Topic 4 - A Train Tour of the Northeast

Students will pretend to sit on a "train" and listen to a tour guide while they view images of places in the Northeast to learn key concepts and facts about the region.


Arts

In art we are learning about how shapes are used to create art. In music we are continuing to work through our recorder practice book. Students will have practice records to turn in each week. Due to too many forgotten instruments and practice books with band on Monday, band has been moved to Tuesday and Thursday with art on Monday and Wednesday. I hope this change will help our students to be prepared for class.

5th Grade

Math

Unit 2: Decimals and Fractions

Place Value, Addition, and Subtraction


Reading

UNIT 3 THEME: Reflections

  • Essential Question: How do the experiences of others reflect our own?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of fiction and understand their elements.
  • Trade Book: The Thing About Georgie - Due Feb. 18
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: demonstrate, perspective, recall, appeal, confide
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) enthusiasm, shattered, reassuring, encompass, inseparable; Week 2) tolerate, loamy, wriggled, quarters, tingled; Week 3) quell, tactics, preserve, conscientious; Week 4) vivid, retired, trembles, crinkled, melodic; Week 5) radically, embodies, indivisible, revolutionary, ironic
  • Week 6 Project: Research a person or hero and write a speech about why a day should be dedicated to that person.



Science

Topic 3 - Earth's Systems

Essential Question: How can you model interactions among Earth's systems?


Social Studies - America's Past

Topic 1 - Geography of the United States

Essential Question: What can geography teach us about the United States?


Topic 2 - American Indians and Their Land

Essential Question: How did American Indians adapt to different environments in North America?


Arts

In art we are learning about how shapes are used to create art. In music we are continuing to work through our recorder practice book. Students will have practice records to turn in each week. Due to too many forgotten instruments and practice books with band on Monday, band has been moved to Tuesday and Thursday with art on Monday and Wednesday. I hope this change will help our students to be prepared for class.

7th Grade

Math

Unit 2: Numbers and Operations

Add and Subtract Rational Numbers


Reading

UNIT 2 THEME: A Starry Home

Essential Question: Should we make a home in space?

Trade Book: Rocket Boys - Due Feb. 11

Writing: Argument - Should we spend valuable resources on space exploration?


Science - Life Science

Topic 2 - The Cell System

Essential Question: How does the structure of cells determine their function?


Social Studies - The Ancient World

Topic 4 - The Rise of Sumerian City-States

Essential Question: How did geographic challenges lead to the rise of city-states in Mesopotamia?

Topic 5 - Ancient Sumer

Essential Question: Why do historians classify ancient Sumer as a civilization?


Arts

In art we are learning about how shapes are used to create art. In music we are continuing to work through our recorder practice book. Students will have practice records to turn in each week. Due to too many forgotten instruments and practice books with band on Monday, band has been moved to Tuesday and Thursday with art on Monday and Wednesday. I hope this change will help our students to be prepared for class.