December 8-12

Slim Goodbody and Holiday Preparations

New This Week

We are still without a working copy machine (that evil beast) so please bear with me and the digital news.

We have a full week this week, starting with Slim Goodbody this morning, so it will be packed for sure. Please remember that we still have tests this week. Students are working hard on AR. I can tell they have been talking to you at home. They are always welcome to bring home the school or class library book to read with you!

Our class will be making some holiday decorations and special surprises for home. Our class will be exploring New Year's Eve celebrations around the world to share with other classes next week.

Ice Cream is Tuesday and Thursday - $1.00

Studies This Week

  • Story: Reading Street Unit 3, Week 2 - Ruby in Her Own Time
  • Skills: Plot, Summarize
  • Phonics: Final -ng, -nk
  • Phonics: Compound Words
  • Sight words: any, enough, ever, every, own, sure, were
  • Practice at home: Read decodables and AR books


  • Practice spelling and writing words.
  • We are now using spellingcity in class on the ipads as well!
    Visit for more practice.
  • Words this week: bring, trunk, pink, bank, sang, wing, rink, blank, rang, sunk


  • Unit 4 - Collecting Data
  • Practice at home: have students read simple graphs in everyday text. Ask them what the graph is showing, how they know, how many people responded, etc.
  • Practice at home: Continue working on identifying, counting, and ordering larger numbers. Call out higher numbers (between 50 and 150) and have students write the number. Check for things like: 108, 109, 1010, 1011 -- this is a common mistake!


These words are used in English, math, or science we will learn throughout the week. Words are NOT tested, but will help understanding. Students are not expected to be able to spell these words.

  • attempt, event, timeline, famous, flatter, correct, lovely, awkward
  • sort, data, attribute, collection, survey
  • day, night, sky, cloud, star, moon, sun, constellation, air, atmosphere
  • needs, wants

Writing & Grammar

  • Identifying verbs (action words) with "s"
  • Journal writing, timelines, personal narratives


  • Compare and contrast the day and night sky with the naked eye

Social Studies

  • Needs vs Wants
  • Local customs and culture - holiday traditions

Dates to Know

Please return donation sheets for the holiday party as soon as possible so we can make sure items will be covered.

December 15-17
Classes will rotate to learn about Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, and Los Pasados which are four of the major holidays celebrated in North America. If you have any concerns about your child participating, please let me know. This does cover an important Social Studies objective that children should know about cultural events of significance, particularly those in our region.

December 18
Gingerbread Holiday Celebration
Students will complete some special gingerbread crafts, make blankets for donation, and enjoy a special snack. Activities will start around 10am and go throughout the day. You are welcome to join us for any or all of the activities. Our schedule is:
8-10 -- Math
10-11:15 -- Gingerbread Themed Crafts
11:15-11:40 -- Lunch
11:40-12:50 -- More crafts, gingerbread book or movie, donation blankets
12:50-1:20 -- PE
1:20-2:40 -- Special snack and finishing activities

December 19 - 1/2 Day - Car line/First Bell starts at 11:40, last dismissal at 12:00