Pleasant Valley School

October 2022 Newsletter

News from Miss Sheets

Welcome Back! I’m so excited to have all our students back this year. Our current enrollment for the year includes: 3 First graders, 2 Second graders, 1 Third grader, 1 Fifth grader, 1 Sixth grader, and 2 Eighth graders. We are off to a great start and settling into our class routines. I’m excited for all the new things that we will be learning this year!


Calendar: All scheduled events are posted to the google calendar.


Planners, Blue Folders, and Reward System

Please check your students planner and folder every night. I will be using them as a communication area for homework or other information that I need to let parents know about. Please feel free to leave me comments as well.


Our behavior reward system is through Class Dojo. Thank you for signing up. I will be using Class Dojo for event notifications, journal posts of what we are doing at school, as well as awarding points for awesome behavior at school. Students will be able to turn in points at the end of each month to shop in the student store.


Parent - Teacher Conferences: Conferences are November 4. Please click below to complete a Google Form to let me know when you would like to come visit and learn about all the wonderful things that your student is doing at school.

Looking Back - Back to School

School Events

Oct. 19 - Pumpkin Patch and Central School Field Trip

Look for information coming home soon.

Oct. 20-21 - No School: MFPE Conference Days

Oct. 29 - Fall Harvest Festival

Big picture

Oct. 31 - Class Halloween Party

Students may wear costumes to school.

Nov. 2 - Fall MAP Test

Please have your students get a good night sleep and a good breakfast to start the day.

Nov. 3 - End of 1st Quarter and Traveling Medicine Show

Kathy Martin from the Hockaday Museum of Art will be bring out the Traveling Medicine Show. We will be spending the day learning about our local tribes, playing native games, and creating art similar to what our local tribes would have traditionally made.

Nov. 4 - No School: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Nov. 8 - School Picture Day

We will be taking individual and class pictures. Russel plans to be here around 1 pm. He said that we should have our pictures back before Winter Break.

What Are We Learning?

1st Grade

Math

Unit 1 - Numbers Within 10

Addition and Subtraction


Reading

Finishing - UNIT 1 THEME: My Neighborhood

  • Essential Question: What is a neighborhood?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of fiction and understand their elements.
  • Phonics: Reviewing alphabet sounds
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) a, I, is, his, see; Week 2) we, like, the, one, do; Week 3) look, you, was, by, are; Week 4) have, they, that two, up; Week 5) he, as, to, with, three; Week 6) where, here, for, me, go


Starting on 10/24 - UNIT 2 THEME: I Spy

  • Essential Question: How do living thinks change?
  • Reading Workshop: Read informational text and understand its elements.
  • Phonics: Consonant Blends and Digraphs - ck, sh, th, ing
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) help, little, come, my, saw; Week 2) walk, she, what, take, jump; Week 3) this, use, from, think, blue; Week 4) goes, make, her, too, all; Week 5) four, five, ride, your, part; Week 6) know, many, after, into, don't


Science

Topic 2 - Light

How can I use light?


Social Studies

Topic 2 - Geography of the Community

Big Question: What is the world like?


Arts

In music, we are reviewing our bell notes from low middle c to high c. In art, we are working on shapes.

2nd Grade

Math

Unit 1 - Numbers Within 20

Addition, Subtraction, and Data


Reading

Finishing - UNIT 1 THEME: You are Here

  • Essential Question: How do different places affect us?
  • Reading Workshop: Read realistic fiction and understand its elements.
  • Phonics: Long and Short Vowels; Consonant Blends; Digraphs and Trigraphs: ch, sh, wh, th, ph, tch; Endings: -s, -es, -ed, -ing; r-controlled vowels: ar, or, ore, oar
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) which, each, than; Week 2) called, long, most; Week 3) more, things, sound; Week 4) great, before, means; Week 5) follow, form, show; Week 6) also, large, small


Starting on 10/24 - Unit 2 THEME: Nature's Wonders

  • Essential Question: What patterns do we see in nature?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of informational text and understand their features and structures.
  • Phonics: Contractions; Long a: ai, ay, ea; Digraph: ie; Long e: ee, ea, ey, y; Long o: o, oa, ow; Compound Words
  • High Frequency Words: Week 1) different, between, even; Week 2) kind, change, air; Week 3) animal, point, study; Week 4) letter, answer, page; Week 5) near, food, try; Week 6) country, city, school


Science

Finishing - Topic 1 - Properties of Matter

Essential Question: How can different materials be used?


Social Studies

Topic 2 - People, Places, and Nature

Big Question: What is the world like?


Arts

In music, we are reviewing our bell notes from low middle c to high c. In art, we are working on shapes.

3rd Grade

Math

Unit 2: Multiplication and Division

Concepts, Relationships, and Patterns


Reading

Finishing - UNIT 1 THEME: Environments

  • Essential Question: How does our environment affect us?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of traditional tales and understand their elements.
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: competition, solve, custom, occasion, organization
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) fierce, baring, flexing, crouching, swipe; Week 2) preparations, magnificent, brooded, rejoicing, satisfied; Week 3) dreams, amazing, bored, discovery, proud; Week 4) shield, lack, exposure, nomadic, landscape; Week 5) pouch, globe, murmuring, mountainside, footpath
  • Word Study: Week 1)Words with VC/CV; Week 2) Inflected Endings; Week 3) Base Words with added endings, Week 4) Vowel Digraphs ee, ea, ai, ay, ow, oa; Week 5) Diphthongs ou, ow, oi, oy
  • Week 6 Project: Write a letter about park safety.


Starting on 10/24 - Unit 2 THEME: Interactions

  • Essential Question: How do plants and animals live together?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of informational text and understand their elements.
  • Trade Book: Wetlands - Due Dec. 21
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: associate, prefer, features, investigate, avoid
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) patterns, nature, repeat, sequence, symmetry; Week 2) predators, protection, immune, species, emerges; Week 3)depended, well-being, population, available, balance; Week 4) habitat, solitary, multiplied, eliminated, reintroduced; Week 5) interdependence, camouflage, adaptions, food chain, biodiversity
  • Word Study: Week 1) VC/V and V/CV words; Week 2) r-Controlled Vowels; Week 3) Compound Words; Week 4) Syllable Patterns; Week 5) Contractions
  • Week 6 Project: Create a scrapbook page to describe a beneficial relationship between a plant and an animal.


Science

Topic 1 - Motion and Forces

Essential Question: How do forces on an object affect its motion?


Social Studies

Topic 2 - Economics

Essential Question: How do people get what they want and need?


Arts

In music, we are learning how to play the ukulele. In art, we are working on shapes.

5th Grade

Math

Unit 2: Decimals and Fractions

Place Value, Addition, and Subtraction


Reading

Finishing - UNIT 1 THEME: Journeys

  • Essential Question: How do journeys change us?
  • Reading Workshop: Learn about different types of informational text and understand their features and structures.
  • Trade Book: Journeys in Time - Due Oct. 18
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: insight, wandered, passage, adventure, curious
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) citizens, immigration, opportunity, processing, admitted; Week 2) astrobiologists, microbes, colony, radiation, sensors, rovers; Week 3) tide, course, leagues, fathoms, jaunts; Week 4) peering, via, traversed, girth, intersecting; Week 5) inspired, express, exhibit, imitated, compositions
  • Word Study: Week 1) Suffixes: -ic, -ism, -ive; Week 2) Greek Roots; Week 3) Vowel Teams, Week 4) Syllable Patterns V/CV and VC/V; Week 5) Silent Letters
  • Week 6 Project: Write a travel guide about a country you want to visit.


Starting on 10/25 - Unit 2 THEME: Observations

  • Essential Question: How do we learn through our observations?
  • Reading Workshop: Know about different types of informational text and understand their features and structures.
  • Trade Book: The Tarantula Scientist - Due Dec. 21
  • Unit Academic Vocabulary Words: expert, focus, visible, relate, detect
  • Words of the Week: Week 1) marine, ecosystem, flying bridge, chlorophyll, nautical; Week 2) comeback, native, migrating, restore, fungus; Week 3) gingerly, ignite, sputtered, painstaking, gratified; Week 4) transmitter, iconic, nocturnal, burrows, fragmented; Week 5) sanctuaries, diminished, thrive, unfettered, cooperate
  • Word Study: Week 1)Open and Closed Syllables; Week 2) Final Stable Syllables: -le, -tion, -sion; Week 3) r-Controlled Vowels; Week 4) Prefixes: il-, in-, im-, ir-; Week 5) Base Words and Endings
  • Week 6 Project: Create a survival guide for visitors to a natural area, like a national park.


Science

Topic 2 - Changes in Matter

Essential Question: What evidence do we have that matter changes?


Social Studies - America's Past

Topic 2 - Age of Exploration

Essential Question: Why do people explore?


Topic 3 - Settling the Colonies in North America

Essential Question: Why do people leave their homelands?


Arts

In music, we are working through our instrument books to begin learning our first two stings. In art, we are learning about shapes within art.

6TH Grade

Math

Unit 1 - Expressions and Equations

Area, Algebraic Expressions, and Exponents


Reading

Finishing - UNIT 1 THEME: Childhood

Essential Question: What are some of the challenges and triumphs of growing up?

Trade Book: Bud, Not Buddy - Due Oct. 18

Writing: Nonfiction Narrative - When did a challenge lead to a triumph?


Starting on 10/24 - UNIT 2 THEME: Animal Allies

Essential Question: How can people and animals relate to each other?

Trade Book: Where the Red Fern Grows - Due Dec. 21

Writing: Explanatory Essay - How can animals and people help one another?


Science - Middle School Physical Science

Topic 2 - Solids, Liquids, and Gases

Essential Question: What causes matter to change from one state to another?


Social Studies - Middle School American History

Topic 3 - The Revolutionary Era (1750-1783)

Essential Question: When is war justified?


Topic 4 - A Constitution for the United States (1776-Present)

Essential Question: How much power should the government have?


Arts

In music, we have started learning our first notes in our music book. We are continuing to practice making a good tone through the head piece of the flute. In art, we are learning about shapes within art.

8th Grade

Math

Unit 2: Geometric Figures

Transformations, Similarity, and Angle Relationships


Reading

Finishing - UNIT 1 THEME: Rites of Passage

Essential Question: What are some milestones on the path to growing up?

Trade Book: Bad Boy - Due Oct. 18

Writing: Nonfiction Narrative - What rite of passage has held the most significance for you or for a person you know well?


Starting on 10/24 - UNIT 2 THEME: The Holocaust

Essential Question: How do we remember the past?

Trade Book: The Devil's Arithmetic - Due Dec. 21

Writing: Explanatory Essay - How can literature help us to remember and honor the victims of the Holocaust?


Science - Middle School Physical Science

Topic 2 - Solids, Liquids, and Gases

Essential Question: What causes matter to change from one state to another?


Social Studies - Middle School Montana History

Topic 3 - From Dog Days to Horse Warriors: 1700-1820

The Big Picture: "The arrival of Europeans brought both pressures and opportunities to the American Indian societies of this region. As forces swirled around the continent, guns and horses brought Plans societies new power." (pg. 43)


Arts

In music, we are working through our instrument books to begin learning our first two stings. In art, we are learning about shapes within art.