Galaxy House News
December 8, 2015
Week in Review
Happy Holidays! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Before break began students completed their presentations and participated in some fun team building activities. Now, they are hard at work learning to identify nonfiction text features, writing informative pieces, and finishing our study of the Mayans.
Our Gingerbread House project is close at hand! Thank you to those that have donated cube-shaped tissue boxes and unwanted food items. We will be continuing to collect those through December 11. Please remember to only send food items that do NOT contain nuts or are not produced in a place containing nuts.
Our house participates in a voluntary gift exchange as part of our holiday celebration. If students would like to participate, they should bring a wrapped gift that is $3 or less to school by December 18. Please address it to a boy if your child is a boy or to a girl if your child is a girl. Again, this is a completely optional activity.
Wednesday, December 9: Early Release at 12:50 pm
Thursday, December 10: Band and Choir Concert
Friday, December 11: Work plan #6 due
Monday, December 14- Wednesday, December 16: Class Geography Bee
Thursday, December 17: Gingerbread House Construction
Friday, December 18: House Holiday Party
The Gingerbread House project isn't just fun! It incorporates adding and subtracting decimals, supply and demand, angles, and money concepts into a creative and engaging project too. Please note that if your child does not have all work completed and turned in by Wednesday, December 16, they will not participate in the construction phase of the project.
Movie Based on Hatchet
On Friday, December 18 we will be watching "A Cry in the Wild" which is a movie based on our read aloud book, Hatchet. Students will be using the book and movie to write a compare and contrast essay. The movie is rated PG and will require parent permission to view. A permission slip will be sent home Friday, December 11 to allow your child to watch it. If you have any questions about the content, please contact Michelle Glisch.
Nonfiction Text Features
Reading a typical nonfiction text can sometimes be overwhelming for students. There are so many elements or features that make up a page, that students can lose sight of the main idea and important details. That's why students are spending much of this work plan studying those special features through various projects. Here is an example of one such project.