# Weekly News

### January 11-15

Science Night “Bolder Boulders” is coming up this Wednesday, January 13th, from 6:30-8:00 pm. Parent-child teams are invited to come and learn all about the different properties of rocks and minerals. We are lucky to have a guest from the Vista Gem Society joining us that night who will have an additional fun activity for the kids.

If you have any questions or are able to help, email Lisa Golden lisaigolden@yahoo.com .

Recorders!

Your child will be learning the recorder this year in music. We ask for donations to help cover the cost of the books and recorders. If you already have a recorder, the cost for a book is \$3.95. If you need both a recorder and book, the cost is \$7.50. A blue flyer will be coming home today. Please send in cash or checks, payable to EUSD, by this Friday.

Spirit Wear

Remember to have your child wear their red ECC shirt on Tuesdays.

## Angle Measurement and Plane Figures

• Use protractors to distinguish angle measurement and angle length
• Measure and draw angles
• Identify and measure angles as turns and recognize them in various contexts
• Decompose angles using pattern blocks

## IXL

Geometry

P. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10

We will work on these assignments in class, but students are welcome to work at home, too. :)

The link below opens to mini lessons via video tutorial and practice problems that align to this module's objectives.

## Language Arts

Spelling/Root Study: One is the Loneliest Number. For the next few weeks we will continue to focus on root words, their meaning, origin, application, and spelling. There will be ten words on this list. You child may also choose to participate in the challenge list. This is open to any student who wants to put in extra effort. The test will be on Friday, as usual. Students will practice words through Spelling City and a word study sheet. This sheet is due on Thursday. At the end of the root study unit we will have a Spelling Bee. The word lists and activities are accessed through Spelling City.

1. monopoly

2. monarchy

3. monotone

4. unison

5. unicorn

6. unify
7. unity
8. solitude

9. solitary

10. soloist

## Island of the Blue Dolphins

We continue with this classic novel by Scott O' Dell this week. It is a story of survival and self discovery. In addition to time in class, students will be required to read passages at home and come to school prepared to discuss and apply the reading into discussion and written response.

Students did an excellent job responding to nightly reading in their reading logs. We are shifting our focus to Accelerated Reader. Students will still be required to read at home for 20+ minutes, but they will take reading quizzes at school rather than written responses at home. If you feel your child would benefit from the accountability of the reading log, let me know and I will provide it.

## California's Indians

We will study this unit for the next few weeks. Below are the lessons' objectives.

• The First Californians: How did the early people of California change their ways of life as their environment changed?

• The Northern Coastal Region: How did the Indians of the northern Coastal Region of California depend on the natural resources around them?

• The Southern Coastal Region: How did the Indians of the southern Coastal Region of California use both land and sea resources?

• The Central Valley and Mountains: How did the California Indians of Central Valley and Mountain Regions depend on the natural resources around them?

• The Desert Region: How di the California Indians in the Desert Region adapt to or modify their dry environment?

## California Native Animals: Research Report

Students will select a native animal and research important elements about the animal. They will write a concise informative essay and present the information to class. This week students select the animal and begin gathering information. Students will have time in school to work on this assignment, but may continue to conduct additional research at home. Students will receive detailed instructions this week.

## Seek First to Understand Then to be Understood

We spend the next few weeks discussing, modeling, and role playing habit #5: Seek first to understand before being understood.

## Coming Up

January 11 Arts Attack

January 13 4th Grade Science Night 6:30-8:00 (Auditorium)

January 18 Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday NO SCHOOL

January 22 Report Cards

~ Mrs. Jones