November 30 - December 4

Week 15 - Bring Toys for Tots!

News This Week

Scholastic Forms: Please return Scholastic Release Forms so that our class photos can be used. I can send another one if you need it. Thanks to those that have already returned forms!

Toys for Tots: Please send in new toys, unwrapped, for Toys for Tots. We will be collecting all week.

Field Trip: We will take a field trip on December 11 to see the Nutcracker Ballet. We will leave at 10:30 am and return by 12:45 pm. Four parents may go on this trip. I will accept the first four parents that return the field trip and have paid, giving preference to parents that have been unable to go on a different trip first. There is no cost for chaperones.

Announcement: Be on the lookout for a letter from Mr. Ellis this week concerning second semester for 3rd graders.

Send in Toys for Tots - New & Unwrapped

Studies this Week

  • Skills: Reading Two Passages on the Same Topic - comparing and contrasting information
  • RI 3.9 Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
  • Phonics: suffixes -ly, -less, -ful, and -ness
  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary Workshop Unit 2


  • Practice spelling and writing words. Visit for more practice. The story title is "Symphony of Whales".
  • Words this week: beautiful, safely, kindness, finally, spotless, worthless, illness, helpful, daily, suddenly, wireless, quietly, fairness, cheerful, painful, anxiously, thoughtfully, cautiously, tardiness, breathless


  • Area & Perimeter - area, square units, finding unknown values, and using multiplication to help solve
  • Facts - begin memorizing all multiplication facts. We will start division before the holidays!


Vocabulary: aim, aware, defeat, drift, mild, pause, refuse, route, ruin, solid


We will work on information writing with comparing and contrasting.


  • Simple, compound, and complex sentences
  • Coordinating conjunctions: and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet | make compound sentences
  • Subordinating conjunctions: after, although, as, as if, because, before, even if, even though, if, if only, rather than, since, that, though, unless, until, when, where, whereas, wherever, whether, which, and while | make complex sentences


  • Volcanoes & Force and Motion

Social Studies

  • Students can logon to Studies Weekly at home by going to
  • Daily Geography

Practice at Home

  • What is the same about the points presented in these two texts? What is different?

  • How are the most important points in the two texts about ____ alike and different?

  • How are the key details in the two texts about _____ alike and different?

Important Dates


30 - Toys for Tots Drive Begins


4 - Permission Slip & Money Due for Field Trip

8 - Snow Wizard $1.00

11 - Field Trip to the Nutcracker Ballet

15 - PTA 6:00, Kindergarten Performs

17 - Christmas Parties / PJ Day

18 - 1/2 Day, Last Day of Q2