The Classroom Connection

Mrs. Jefferson

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December 17 , 2015

Comparing and Contrasting Texts

For the past few weeks, we've spent time reading more complex informational and narrative texts. As readers and historians, we've also inquired into comparing and contrasting texts with the same topics and themes to gain a deeper understanding of topics. It is important for students to be able to compare and contrast ideas found in multiple sources to allow them to confirm their thinking and identify conflicting information. As a result, students have been able to strengthen their reading skills because they are making inferences and drawing conclusions about what they're reading. Comparing and contrasting information from multiple sources is allowing them to learn more content and form their own opinions about what they're learning. Please continue to stress the importance of reading at home to further advance your child as readers and thinkers!

An Immigration Model by Lorena G.

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Strings and Chorus Winter Concert

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Literacy Pal Winter Read-Alouds

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Book Club Thoughts

Tiana H.

"Book clubs are good for me because I can share with my group how I felt about the book, and I can ask questions. "

Cheyenne D.

"Book clubs are helping me understand not only my thoughts and feelings but the feelings of others."

Taylor Matthews

"Book clubs help me understand books better!"

Raven K.

"They're helping me understand character feelings. "

Classmate Interviews

Meet Taylor by Cheyenne

As soon as I heard Taylor was my partner, I didn’t know what to think. Was it going to be a good interview? A bad interview? I had no clue. You wouldn’t believe this, the interview was actually good. We started the interview. I asked him,”What is your most extreme fear?" You wouldn’t have never guess what he said. He said “To go to a different country and there would be a war." Well I would agree because I wouldn’t want a war! Then I asked him “What is your favorite type of music and who is your favorite singer”? He responded, “Modern music and Fun”. At first I didn’t know who Fun was, but when I went home the first thing I did was look up Fun. Then I saw some of their songs they sang and knew those songs, so it was cool that we both listen to their songs. I enjoyed interviewing Taylor because it gave me a chance to get to know him and what interests him.

Meet Mason by Tyler

I interviewed Mason T, and I asked him what was his favorite subject in school. He said it was math. Wow, that was odd to me because it's not mine. I asked him what he wants to be when he grows up, and he said a construction worker. When I asked him what does he does for fun. he said he plays the xbox 360. That is something we have in common! The last question I asked him was if you had 1 million dollars. He said he wanted to save it! This is Tyler T and I approve this message.

Mitten Tree

Dutch Fork Elementary will sponsor a Mitten Tree project during the holiday season. Students, staff and community members may donate mittens, gloves, hats and socks, and hang them on the tree in the school's cafeteria lobby. Donated items will be given to a local charity to distribute to families in need during the winter months. Donations will be accepted from Nov. 30 until Dec. 18.
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Today's VIP Folder includes: Progress reports & Graded papers

Have A Wonderful Winter Break!