Pleasant Valley School

January Newsletter

News from Miss Sheets

Welcome 2021, Happy New Year! We are almost half way through the school year. Students will be participating in end of quarter testing the beginning of next week. 2nd quarter ends on Jan. 15th. Report cards and MAP testing results will be sent home on January 19th.



Our holiday program is Thursday, Jan. 14th at 3:00. We are working on our final preparations and the students are excited for you to see the show.


End of Quarter field trip to the Hockaday Museum of Art is on Jan.15th. Please pack a sack lunch that does not require a microwave. In the morning, we will begin the day at school and head to town at 10:30. I have a room reserved at the Gateway Mall for us to eat lunch upon arrival in town. We will then head to the Hockaday from 12:30 -2:00. This should put us back at 3:00 depending on road conditions. I will drop students off with families as we make the return trip. The Hockaday is currently closed to the public, but we are still invited for our tour.

100th Day of School - Feb. 3rd

The 100th day of school is coming on Feb. 3rd. During this month students need to create a project using 100 of something to bring on the 3rd. Be creative and have fun!

Looking Back at December

Merry Christmas! Thank You!!!

School Events

No School Days

January 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

What Are We Learning?

Jr. Kindergarten

Weekly Theme

Jan. 5-7: Wheels

Jan. 12-14: Transportation

Jan. 19-21: Winter

Jan. 26-28: Hibernate


Reading

Jan. 5-7: H and I

Jan. 12-14: J and K

Jan. 19-21: L and M

Jan. 26-28: N and O

Please practice the sounds that these letters make and find things that begin with these letters at home.


Math

Jan. 5-7: 7

Jan. 12-14: 8

Jan. 19-21: 9

Jan. 26-28: 10

Please practice counting objects to show each of these numbers. If you see some of these numbers in the environment, have him tell you the number.


Science

Jan. 5-7: Wheels

Jan. 12-14: Sound

Jan. 19-21: Motion

Jan. 26-28: Living or Nonliving?

Kindergarten

Math

Unit 3 - Geometry

Naming, Comparing, and Building Shapes


Reading

Finishing Week 6

  • UNIT 2 THEME: Living Together

Talk with others about living things.


  • Essential Question

What do living things need?


  • READING WORKSHOP

Read informational text and understand its elements.


  • READING-WRITING WORKSHOP BRIDGE

Use language to make connections between reading and writing.


  • WRITING WORKSHOP

Use elements of informational text to write informational list books.


Starting Week 1 on January 19th

  • UNIT 3 THEME: Tell Me a Story
Talk with others about why people like stories.


  • Essential Question

Why do we like stories?


  • READING WORKSHOP

Read traditional stories and understand the elements.


  • READING-WRITING WORKSHOP BRIDGE

Use language to make connections between reading and writing stories.


  • WRITING WORKSHOP

Use elements of fiction to write fiction stories.


Science

Unit 4 - Weather

Essential Question: How does the weather change?


Social Studies

Topic 4 - How do I make friends?

Students will learn four skills for making new friends.


Topic 5 - How do I solve problems with others?

Students will learn and practice four problem solving steps: stop and calm down, talk and listen, think of solutions, and agree on a plan to try.


Arts

This quarter we are focusing on our theater arts standard and working on our holiday program. 3rd Quarter we will begin working on our music standards.

1ST GRADE

Math

Unit 2 - Numbers Within 20

Addition and Subtraction and Representing Data


Reading

Finishing Week 6

  • UNIT 2 THEME: I Spy

Talk with others about how living things grow and change.


  • Essential Question

How do living thinks change?


  • READING WORKSHOP

Read informational text and understand its elements.


  • READING-WRITING WORKSHOP BRIDGE

Use language to make connections between reading and writing.


  • WRITING WORKSHOP

Write informational texts using elements of informational text.


Starting Week 1 on January 19th

  • UNIT 3 THEME: Imagine That

Talk with others about how we use our imaginations.


  • Essential Question

How can we use our imaginations?


  • READING WORKSHOP

Read traditional stories and understand the elements of the genre.


  • READING-WRITING WORKSHOP BRIDGE

Use language to make connections between reading and writing traditional stories.


  • WRITING WORKSHOP

Write poetry using elements of poetry.


Science

Topic 3 - Sky and Earth

What objects are in the sky, and how do they move?


Social Studies

Topic 6: What is a map?

Students will learn about maps and then create their own map.


Arts

This quarter we are focusing on our theater arts standard and working on our holiday program. 3rd Quarter we will begin working on our music standards.

4th Grade

Math

Unit 3: Multi-Digit Operations and Measurement

Multiplication, Division, Perimeter and Area


Reading

Finishing Week 6

  • UNIT 2 THEME: Adaptations
Collaborate with others to determine how living things adapt to the world around them.

  • Essential Question
How do living things adapt to the world around them?

  • READING WORKSHOP
Know about different types of informational text and understand their structures and features.

Book Club Book: Animal Camouflage

  • READING-WRITING WORKSHOP BRIDGE
Use language to make connections between reading and writing.

  • WRITING WORKSHOP
Use elements of informational text to write an article.


Starting Week 1 on January 19th

  • UNIT 3 THEME: Diversity

Collaborate with others to determine how we reach new understandings about diversity.


  • Essential Question

How can we reach new understandings through exploring diversity?


  • READING WORKSHOP

Know about different types of fiction and understand their elements.


Book Club Book: Rickshaw Girl

What can we learn from others by walking in their shoes?

  • READING-WRITING WORKSHOP BRIDGE

Use language to make connections between reading and writing fiction.

  • WRITING WORKSHOP

Use elements of narrative writing to write a realistic fiction story.


Science

Topic 3 - Waves and Information

Essential Question: How do we use waves to communicate?


Social Studies

Topic 3 - The Peopling of the United States

Essential Question: How have different groups contributed to the United States?


Arts

This quarter we are focusing on our theater arts standard and working on our holiday program. 3rd Quarter we will begin working on our music standards.

6th Grade

Math

Unit 2: Decimals and Fractions

Base-Ten Operations, Division with Fractions, and Volume


Reading

Finishing: UNIT 2 THEME: Animal Allies


Essential Question

How can people and animals relate to each other?


READING WORKSHOP

Read literature and informational mentor texts to answer the essential question.

Trade Book: Where the Red Fern Grows


WRITING WORKSHOP

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


Starting: UNIT 3 THEME: Modern Technology


Essential Question

How is modern technology helpful and harmful to society?


READING WORKSHOP

Read literature and informational mentor texts to answer the essential question.

Trade Book: A Wrinkle in Time


WRITING WORKSHOP

Argument Essay: Do we rely on technology too much?


Science

Topic 3 - Minerals and Rocks in the Geosphere

Essential Question: What events form Earth's rocks?


Social Studies

Topic 3 - The English Colonies in North America

Essential Question: What were the similarities and differences among the colonies in North America?


Arts

This quarter we are focusing on our theater arts standard and working on our holiday program. 3rd Quarter we will begin working on our music standards.