Mrs. Thinnes' Newsletter

Feb. 15th, 2016

Class Pictures

Just a reminder Tuesday, Feb.16th we have class pictures. If you need an extra picture order form please let me know ASAP. Class pictures are $8.

Valuable Contributions

I am creating a social studies curriculum focused on people who have made valuable contributions to our society. I want these people to represent a variety of ethnic , gender and social groupings. I would love your input!!
The idea behind this is not memorizing facts but internalizing 'their are people like me that make a difference in my World'.

Here are my ideas thus far.
Barack Obama - First African American President
Ruby Bridges - First African American to attend an all white school
Mae Jamison - First Female African American astronaut
Severo Ochoa - Latino Nobel Prize Winner
Maria Tall Chief - Native American founder of the Chicago City Ballet
Ghandi - Anti-War Activist
Satyendra Nath Bose - Indian physicist
Leonardo Divinci & Pablo Picaso- artist
Jonathan Green - present Gullah artist (my favorite)
Billy Holiday, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong - jazz musicians
The Wright Brothers - first in flight

Class Curriculum

Writer's Workshop - children will explore persuasive letter writing and how they have a voice in making changes.

Reader's Workshop - We will begin a new unit this week that focus on strategies to solve tricky words.

Math Workshop - We will be reviewing 'friends of tens', fact families , and adding doubles as we begin exploring adding 3 numbers together.

Social Studies - This week we will begin exploring valuable contributions to our World while learning about Ruby Bridges and Louis Armstrong.

Class Calendar

Mon. Feb.15th - snack - Jake
encore - music

Tues. Feb. 16th - snack - Johan
encore - science

Wed. Feb. 17th - snack - McKenzi
encore - Library

Thurs. Feb. 18th - snack - Misa
encore - Art 2

Fri. Feb. 19th - snack - MJ
encore - chinese

Mon. Feb. 22nd - snack - Noah
encore - PE