This Week In Room 411
Week of November 23, 2015
To purchase books on their website, use our class code of GNCFD. We earn points on all books ordered and those points enable our classroom library to grow.
Yes, It's Another Book Order
SPECIALS SCHEDULE AND IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK
Sparkle is not meeting this week. Check the office about your specific club. I do know Crafty Kids are meeting, but am unsure about Choir.
Monday, November 23rd
- T-Day: Library/Counselor
- Full Band
Tuesday, November 24th
- Full Band
- Character Assembly at 1:00pm-Wear your Starside Spirit Wear today.
Wednesday, November 25th-Friday, November 27th
- No School-Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 30th
- O-Day: Library/Counselor
- Full Band
- November Reading and Math Calendars are due tomorrow.
WHAT WE'RE LEARNING THIS WEEK
It's a short week, but we still have lots of learning going on. We are wrapping up our study of Veteran's Day. They did so well in analyzing song lyrics, poetry, and identifying theme. I am so impressed with the seriousness and reverence in how they tackled this important and for many, an emotional topic. We'v also worked hard on identifying text structure, and will continue to work with it this quarter.
Be sure to check your child's reading and math calendar. It needs to be current and signed as they are due next Tuesday.
The next Greek and Latin roots pack will go home next week. Enjoy family time instead. It will be the last set before Winter Break.
When we began our unit, students designed straw rockets and tested the distance they could fly. Now, it's time to return to earth. Students will learn how parachutes were used during the Apollo missions to land the space capsules safely. This activity also helps cover our engineering and design standards. Students will work work in teams to design a parachute with the goal of designing one that will slow down their capsule as much as possible. So, in this case the capsule that takes the longest time to land will be the better design. I will have various materials for the students to choose from for their design. I can't wait to see what they design.
Over the holiday break I would encourage you to have your child work on math facts, either through flashcards or www.xtramath.org. In addition, spend ten to fifteen minutes on www.frontrowed.com to practice our current concepts. If your child has mastered the ones for Numbers Base Ten, then move on to geometry as this is often one that interests students and one they can accomplish independently. Any time your child is requesting more math opportunities, direct them to this site. They are familiar with it.
Learning in Pictures
So many parents have already signed up. Please consider doing so if you haven't already. Remember that students earn a free mechanical pencil when a parent enrolls in the messaging service.