Pleasant Valley School

November and December 2021 Newsletter

News from Miss Sheets

November is a time for thankfulness...

Thank you to our Veterans for the sacrifices you made for our country.

Thank you to our students for coming to school ready to learn and always trying their best.


Thank you to the parents for all the support and encouragement that you provide.


Winter Gear: The weather is starting to change please start planning to send winter gear with your student for recess. We have had a lot of cold hands in the morning. Students may also bring a pair of slippers or shoes to leave at school for wearing in the classroom. We have a no boots in the classroom rule. This helps to keep our classroom clean.


Parent - Teacher Conferences: Thank you for coming and visiting with me about your students.


Lunch: Lunch is going well! I have one request for students in K-2, if possible can you please send a lunch that does not need a microwave on Monday's. The older students have Jr. Chief on Monday and most of the time the microwave is not easily accessible.

A THANKSGIVING THANK YOU FROM OUR STUDENTS

Kindergarten:

I'm thankful for my friends.

I'm thankful for friends to play with.


1st Grade:

I'm thankful for Jasmine.

I'm thankful for my books.

I'm thankful for my tablet.


2nd Grade:

I'm thankful for my horse.


4th Grade:

I'm thankful for a new house.


5th Grade:

I'm thankful for having a roof over my head and all the food in my house.


7th Grade:

I'm thankful to be alive because life is short.

I'm thankful for my family.

Looking Back at October

School Events

Glacier Symphony And Hockaday Field Trip - Nov. 19

No School: Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 24-26

Class Christmas Party - December 17

This year we will do a Secret Santa gift exchange. Students will draw names prior to Thanksgiving break and may bring in gifts to hide under the tree at any point after Thanksgiving. Students are also welcome to bring treats to share with the class on party day.


Parents - If you wish for your student to not participate in the Secret Santa gift exchange, please let me know prior to Thanksgiving.

Holiday Program and Potluck Dinner - December 17 at 6:00 pm

Big picture

Winter Break - December 20-31

Class will resume on Monday, January 3rd.

What Are We Learning?

Kindergarten

Math

Unit 2 - Numbers 6-10

Counting, Writing, Comparing, and Sorting


Reading

Please review Unit 2 letters in their ABC Journal this month.


UNIT 2 THEME: Living Together

  • Essential Question: What do living things need?
  • Reading Workshop: Read informational text and understand its elements.
  • Phonics: Letter sounds for Dd, Kk, Oo, Ff, Hh, Ll, Gg, Ee, Ww, Yy
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) are, that, of; Week 2) they, you, do; Week 3) one, two, three; Week 4) four, five, here; Week 5) go, from, yellow; Week 6) blue, green, what


Starting 12/6 - 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 2 - Matter

Essential Question: How can you classify different objects?


Social Studies - Me and My World

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

This month we are learning about line and shape. In music, we are working on our holiday songs.

1st Grade

Math

Unit 1 - Numbers Within 10

Addition and Subtraction


Reading

UNIT 2 THEME: I Spy

  • Essential Question: How do living thinks change?
  • Reading Workshop: Read informational text and understand its elements.
  • Phonics: Consonant Blends and Digraphs - ck, sh, th, ing
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) help, little, come, my, saw; Week 2) walk, she, what, take, jump; Week 3) this, use, from, think, blue; Week 4) goes, make, her, too, all; Week 5) four, five, ride, your, part; Week 6) know, many, after, into, don't


Starting 12/6 - 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 2 - Light

How can I use light?


Social Studies - My School and Family

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

This month we are learning about line and shape. In music, we are working on our holiday songs.

2nd Grade

Math

Unit 2 - Numbers within 100

Addition, Subtraction, Time, and Money


Reading

Unit 2 THEME: Nature's Wonders

  • Essential Question: What patterns do we see in nature?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of informational text and understand their features and structures.
  • Phonics: Contractions; Long a: ai, ay, ea; Digraph: ie; Long e: ee, ea, ey, y; Long o: o, oa, ow; Compound Words
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) different, between, even; Week 2) kind, change, air; Week 3) animal, point, study; Week 4) letter, answer, page; Week 5) near, food, try; Week 6) country, city, school


Starting on 12/6 - 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

This month we are learning about line and shape. In music, we are working on our holiday songs.

4th Grade

Math

Unit 2 - Operations

Multiplication, Division, and Algebraic Thinking


Unit 3 - Multi-Digit Operations and Measurement

Multiplication, Division, Perimeter and Area


Reading

Unit 2 THEME: Adaptations

  • Essential Question: How do living things adapt to the world around them?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of informational text and understand their features and structures.
  • Trade Book: Animal Camouflage - Due Dec. 3
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: acquire, classified, defense, sufficient, survive
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) bristle, brittle, contour, system, prey; Week 2) mimicry, species, environment, arranged, habitat; Week 3) rapids, shimmering, desire, shallow, deserted; Week 4) tender, steeped, excreted, vessels, ultraviolet; Week 5) monotremes, unique, adaptations, burrow
  • Word Study: Week 1) Plurals; Week 2) Vowel Digraphs; Week 3) Irregular Plurals; Week 4) Greek Roots; Week 5) Latin Roots: terr, rupt, tract, aqua, dict
  • Week 6 Project: Create a poster about an endangered animal.



Starting 12/6 - 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. 11, 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 - Regions of Our Country

Topic 2 - Exploring Regions of the United States

Essential Question: How do geographers study the regions of the United States?


Arts

This month we are learning about line and shape. In Music, we are learning how to play the recorder and focusing on our holiday songs.

5th Grade

Math

Unit 2: Decimals and Fractions

Place Value, Addition, and Subtraction


Reading

Unit 2 THEME: Observations

  • Essential Question: How do we learn through our observations?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of informational text and understand their features and structures.
  • Trade Book: The Tarantula Scientist - Due Nov. 19
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: expert, focus, visible, relate, detect
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) marine, ecosystem, flying bridge, chlorophyll, nautical; Week 2) comeback, native, migrating, restore, fungus; Week 3) gingerly, ignite, sputtered, painstaking, gratified; Week 4) transmitter, iconic, nocturnal, burrows, fragmented; Week 5) sanctuaries, diminished, thrive, unfettered, cooperate
  • Word Study: Week 1)Open and Closed Syllables; Week 2) Final Stable Syllables: -le, -tion, -sion; Week 3) r-Controlled Vowels; Week 4) Prefixes: il-, in-, im-, ir-; Week 5) Base Words and Endings
  • Week 6 Project: Create a survival guide for visitors to a natural area, like a national park.



Starting on 12/6 - 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. 11
  • 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?


Arts

This month we are learning about line and shape. In Music, we are learning how to play the recorder and focusing on our holiday songs.

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 2 - Early Hominins

Essential Question: What capabilities helped hominins survive?


Arts

This month we are learning about line and shape. In Music, we are learning how to play the recorder and focusing on our holiday songs.