Keefe, Kingsley & Ward
February 8th: 4 Opportunity for Science due (optional for Ward's class)
February 12th: Kindergarten Buddies (Please bring in one bag of candy prior to this date)
February 22nd: Yearbook forms are due
February 24th: Six Flags Reading Logs are due
March 1st: Picture Day for new students
March 23rd: D.A.R.E. Graduation
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. As a class, we will be celebrating the holiday on February 12 at the end of the day. Students are not required or expected to bring in a treat. However, if your child would like to celebrate by bringing in valentines, please be sure that there is one for every child (there are 27 students in each of our classes). There is a class roster attached to be sure you don’t miss anyone. We would like to discourage any additional gifts being given or exchanged in order to avoid hurt feelings and exclusivity.
In class, students will decorate a paper bag in order to collect and take home their valentines. If students would like to bring in special paper, hearts, stickers, etc. to decorate with and share with their peers, they are welcome to!
Pewaukee Community Fair
Horizon is participating in an exciting program that encourages our students to read for fun. Read to succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before the school's deadline (February 24th) is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at one participating Six Flags Theme Park.
Here is a link for more information and reading log sheet.
Many thanks for helping and guiding your child to continue to grow as readers! I am checking every Monday for at home reading minutes. Remember, I am just the enforcer!
As we continue to launch our unit of study: Tackling Complexity - Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction; students have gathered facts on their "student choice" topics. Monday begins our project base activity and the ideas are flowing!
Strategies this week have been vocabulary building, main topic, main idea and supporting ideas. We are also digging into more complex questioning and reading to grow as nonfiction readers. It is a joy watching our readers grow and take ownership for their learning. This is what teaching is all about!
With the strategies and techniques that students have been learning about persuasion thus far, they are writing a short essay on why they deserve/don't deserve a homework pass (using their knowledge of thesis statements, structure, evidence, paragraphing, etc.). Students can use any form of persuasion to convince me, their audience. Research is not required for this assignment, but it is encouraged if they feel it will bolster their argument. This assignment is due one Monday. There is no length requirement - just the structure of an introduction, three body paragraphs - each with a unique reason, and a conclusion paragraph.
Students took their spelling test today (Friday) and will be given Spelling Packet #9 on Monday. It will be due Feb. 11.
We will begin Unit 5, division of multi-digit numbers next week. The first few lessons will be a review from last year. We will be building on their knowledge of long division to learn how to divide decimal numbers.
Students will be wrapping up the Matter Unit on Friday, February 5th. Here is a link to the study guide that students received which will help them prepare for the assessment. Also, if your child would like to go for the 4 opportunity, here is a copy of the guidelines that the students received in class. This project is due Monday, February 8th.
Keefe: Timelines were awesome and students were working really hard to achieve a 4 on their booklets.