Issue 14-November 13, 2015


The "Red" was about the defeat of the British Redcoats: the "White" was the color of the iceberg that sank the Titanic; the "Blue" was the color of the ocean depths in which we were immersed: Read more about this week's "Red, White, and Blue":

1. Math: Estimating decimal sums and differences served as a prelude to the actual adding and subtracting of decimals. This involved going deeper with an understanding of the process involved, using concrete models and drawings. Students also competed in games of "Bullseye" and "Add 'Em Up!" to hone their proficiency at this skill.

2. Reading: Determining the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text was facilitated as we launched our voyage on the Titanic, via Kids Discover magazine.We sought to infer the meaning of unfamiliar words, using context clues to unpack vocabulary. Each student also role-played an actual person who was a passenger on Titanic. We're all wondering who will survive...and who will not? We also worked with subject and object pronouns and reviewed regular and irregular verbs.

3. Writing: We discovered that, one way that memoirists learn to write with depth, is to study the work other authors who have used writing to discover deep insights— classmates, published authors, any writer—and they try to name the ways that writer developed deep insights. Writers structure their texts in lots of different ways. And one way you learn to structure your texts is by reading texts other authors have written and by studying the structures they have used.

4. Social Studies: The Revolutionary War reached its apex as we skulked through swamps with Francis Marion, launching surprise raids on the British! We then turned our focus toward the details of the American victory and the "birth" of the Constitution. Students immersed themselves in a website, "The Road to Revolution" and a Constitution scavenger hunt and brought to life a play, "The Great Compromise"!

5. Science: Weather patterns and climates--and how landforms affect climate--continued to be the emphasis. We then investigated "Icy Water" as a prelude to our study of the oceans. Students drew cross-section diagrams of the ocean and conducted an experiment, "Under Pressure."

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Spelling, Unit 13

On Friday, your child will take the Unit 12 spelling test--and the Unit 13 spelling pre-test. Therefore, he/she should bring home his/her Unit 13 spelling list--and the Unit 13 spelling homework. Here are links to the words--and the Unit 13 spelling homework--in the event that you need an extra copy.

Project Lead the Way

We have officially begun Project Lead the Way. For more information about this program, please access this website:

Teaching Economics to Children

The following article is excerpted from

Explain what money is. Children need to understand that money is the tool that people use to buy items and to make more money. Allow the children to share their understanding of what money is and build on their understanding.

Teach the children how to calculate the amount of money that they have. For example, provide a group of five students each with a nickel, dime, penny, quarter, one-dollar bill, and a five-dollar bill. Ask the children to count the amount of money that they have.

Explain to the children how money is earned. For example, provide the children with a list of five chores that they might be asked to do at home and explain that some children earn an allowance for completing their chores.

Another example includes telling students that they can create products that people are willing to pay money for. Allow the students to list a few products that they can make that people may be willing to buy. Help the children place a value on the product that they want to create. Tell the children that they can earn money everytime someone buys their product.

Teach the children the importance of saving money. For example, provide the children with 10 dollars each. Tell them they have to save a portion of the 10 dollars and they can spend the other portion.

Explain to the children that they will need to save a portion of everything that they receive so that they will have money during emergencies or to buy something else in the future.

Explain the difference between needs and wants. For example, tell the students to write down basic needs and then basic wants. Share with the students the importance of buying their basic needs first before buying the things that they want.

Provide the children with an opportunity to buy a product with the money that they received. For example, set up a makeshift store with a few products labeled with a price tag. Allow your child to shop, and tell him that he can only buy products if he has enough money. Allow him to use a calculator to add all of their purchases together.

Getting Kids to Do Chores

Article excerpted from

Back in the day, getting paid for doing chores was absolutely unheard of. Chores were a way for children to contribute to the family and parents would reward their children financially if and when they wanted to. Nowadays it's the opposite. Kids expect an allowance and many parents are all too ready to pay a child for chores they should be doing anyway. You don't charge your child for cooking his dinner, do you? Then they shouldn't be charging you for clearing off the table!

If you haven't yet integrated mandatory chores as a routine element in your child's personal development, it's time to start. Here are some age-appropriate chores that most children should be required to do - and do for free.

Ten to Twelve Years Old: Help with Yard Work - Take out the Trash. Your child is capable of taking out the trash, cleaning out the garage, running the vacuum cleaner, etc. And chores don't have to revolve around inside work, either. A ten to twelve-year-old can work on the outside of the house too. Picking up branches, raking leaves and shoveling snow are great ways for children to help take some pressure off their parents. They can also help by taking the garbage out on garbage day and bringing the trash cans back to the house after the garbage has been picked up.properly. You child is not necessarily going to like having chores. It's really for their own good. appropriate ways. As the famous saying goes - "One day they'll thank you for it."

10 Cool Things About Titanic

Here's a link to National Geographic for Kids, featuring the Titanic:

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Upcoming Events


11/12 All Pro Dads 7:10 AM - LGIR

11/12-1st Grade Music Program 5:30 pm

11/19-5th grade & Choir Concert 5:30

11/25-11/27Thanksgiving Holiday- SCHOOLS CLOSED


- Liberty Food Drive& Community tree

12/2 CiCi’s Pizza Night, 4:30-8:00 pm

12/3-4th Grade Music program 5:30 pm

12/8-PTA Exec Board meeting

12/10 All Pro Dads 7:10 AM - LGIR

12/10-Kindergarten Music Program, 2:00pm

12/18-Winter Parties, 2:05-2:40/1st Sem. Ends

12/21-1/4 Winter Break


1/4-NO SCHOOL (Teacher Work Day)

1/5-School resumes

1/6- CiCi’s Pizza Night, 4:30-8:00 pm

Classroom Group pics and new student pics 8AM

1/14 All Pro Dads 7:10 AM - LGIR

1/12-PTA General Meeting 7:00 pm

1/18- NO SCHOOL- Martin Luther King Day


2/2-PTA Exec. Board Meeting, 7:00 pm

2/5- Family Trivia Night

2/3 CiCi’s Pizza Night, 4:30-8:00 pm

2/8 through 2/11 Scholastic Book fair

2/9-Parent Teacher Conferences, 2:50-8:00 pm

2/10-Valentine Parties, 2:05-2:40 pm

2/11 All Pro Dads 7:10 AM - LGIR

2/11-Early Release, 12:50 Parent/Teach Conferences, 12:50-8:00


2/15- NO SCHOOL- President’s Day

2/18-Papa John’s Night

2/18-2nd Grade Music Program 5:30 pm

2/25-3rd Grade Music Program, 5:30 pm