## What will we be working on?

Reading: In Reading Workshop we will be comparing and contrasting cultures. We will be looking at what makes each unique.

Writing: Students will be continuing imaginative writing. They will be learning to revise for a good lead and show vs. tell.

Spelling and Grammar: There will be no spelling test next week (December 21st). We will also not have one the first week back to school. (January 12) Our next test will be on January 19th.

Social Studies: Students will explore and sort items that are natural and manmade resources. We will also learn about the importance of recycling our resources.

Math: We will review 2D and 3 D shapes and take an assessment this week!

In math we are having an assessment next week. We have been studying polygons, 2D, and 3D shapes. The hardest concept is faces, edges, and vertices. The test has some tricky word problems like this one below.

If you have time, Please go over this type of question and try to have our kids memorize how many faces, vertices, and edges each 3-d shape has. I have games on my website too.

The type of word problem they will need to be able to do.

Erica had 3 cubes and one sphere. Jack had 1 rectangular pyramid, one cone, and 2 rectangular prisms. Josh had 2 cylinders and a cube. If Erica and Jack counted their edges, who had more edges? How many more?

## Calendar-

Dec. 19th Our Class Party-Please come if you can! 12:05-12:50

Dec. 22 No School for students
Dec. 25 - Jan 5 Winter Break/No School
Jan. 8 Teacher Workday/No School for students
Jan. 15 No School/MLK, Jr. Day
Feb. 16 Six Flags Read To Succeed Reading and Schlitterbahn Logs due

The Six Flags Reading Logs and Schlittterbahn forms went home. Please keep them in a safe place! We are making a class goal that everyone in our class completes the Six Flags and Schlitterbahn Programs. We are reading anyway! We might as get free tickets. We can always donate to families in need.

Bring library books tomorrow! Other news from the library-

• Next week, we will begin our all-call for overdues and lost/ damaged fines. Students will not be allowed to check out books for the winter break if their accounts are not clear.

• We know books sometimes get shared with friends, so if you could have your students look for any library books (theirs or not) in their desks/ book bins/ cubbies/ classroom library shelves, this would help the account clearing process.

• We will be sending out teacher checkout lists as well, so you can take stock of what you have at semester.

Thank you for helping us with our mid-year catch-up!

SCIENCE FAIR

It’s that time of the year again! Science Fair is right around the corner. Join us in the library for Science Research Night on Thursday, December 7th from 5:30-6:30. We will have books, rubrics and some science project examples displayed to help your child get in their scientific mindset. All grade levels may participate, however, only grades 3-5 will be judged and may progress to regionals. Science fair projects will be due Friday, January 19 no later than 7:35am. Judging will take place on Monday, January 22. Students will take projects to their classroom.

Students who are interested in building a candied house are welcomed to show off their artistry on Monday, December 18th. Bring your crafty house to the office Monday morning. Make sure your name and teacher’s name is on your work.

Our Student Council will place them in the front hallway near the trophy case. Houses will be judged by our Student Ambassadors. These creations will be judged for the following:

• Most Holiday Spirit

• Favorite Kid Creation

• Most Creative

• People’s Choice

Houses will need to be picked up by Thursday, December 21st (houses will not be kept past this date).

Merry, merry!

Have a good weekend!