# Classroom Connection

## "Tell me and I will forget, teach me and I will remember, involve me and I will learn." - Ben Franklin

We are very thankful to be blessed with such amazing students, and parents this year. Thank you for all the support.

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## Upcoming Events

DECEMBER

• 1 College Awareness Day
• 1 Boosterthon Kick-Off Pep Rally
• 4 Legacy Project Dedication Ceremony
• 7 Holiday Book Fair Begins
• 8 Hour Of Code
• 9 Boosterthon Fun Run Event
• 10 Holiday Family Fun Night
• 11 Spelling Bee
• 17 Holiday Parties K-3
• 18 Holiday Party Fourth Grade @ 8:00

• 18- January 5th Winter Holiday Break begins @12:30

## Holiday Party December 18th, 2015

If students want to bring “Penny Gifts” or Goodie Bags on the day of the party, they may but it must be enough for the whole HR class.

Crook- 21

Neely- 22

Also, we will be eating lunch in our classroom this day, so please pack a lunchbox.

Thank you for all the help! We are looking forward to a great time!

## It is that time of the year...

Illnesses:

As we continue through cold and flu season, we are striving to control the spread of germs as much as possible. Ms. Crook and Mrs. Neely are both in need of Clorox or Lysol disinfecting wipes. We use these to disinfect desks each day. As you can imagine, with 23 desks in each room, we go through the wipes rapidly. Any donations would be GREATLY appreciated!

We are also in need of more boxes of tissue. We are averaging usage of 2 boxes each week.

Additionally, please remember if your child has a fever (100.0 F or higher), he/she should stay home or will be sent home (if at school). Students should not return to school until they have been FEVER FREE for 24 hours! Your cooperation with this matter, helps us to maintain a healthier classroom and school environment.

## Math and Science Focus Wall

Math:

This week we began our Fractions Unit. Students have used concrete and pictorial models to represent fractions and determine if fractions are equivalent. Students learned that we create equivalent (equal) fractions by multiplying the numerator (top #) and denominator (bottom #) of a fraction by the same number.

Students should still be practicing their Multiplication Facts nightly!

Science:

In Science we continued in our Matter Unit. We have been discussing that matter has measurable physical properties and those properties determine how matter is classified, changed, and used. During the next week, students will continue to measure, compare, and contrast physical properties of matter, including size, mass, volume, states (solid, liquid, gas), temperature, magnetism, and the ability to sink or float. We will predict the changes caused by heating and cooling such as ice becoming liquid water and condensation forming on the outside of a glass of ice water. As well as compare and contrast a variety of mixtures and solutions such as rocks in sand, sand in water, or sugar in water.

## ELAR Focus Wall

Comprehension:

Non-fiction Text

The students will learn how to find the main idea and to summarize information text.

Grammar:

Mentor sentence-

"He said the snow was as beautiful as butterflies, or apple blossoms."

~Snowflake Bentley

Word Study:

No Word Study homework or Spelling Test until after the break!!!

Writing

Target Skill: Expository Paragraph

The students will plan for an expository essay to communicate a central idea about a topic.

Language: TSW simple and complex sentences to write a central idea on many different prompts.

## Texas History

We are starting our Native American Project this week. Here is a look into what your child will be working on in class ONLY. This is a group assignment based around the Engaged Learning Model.

The project requirements include:

1. Identify the Native American groups in Texas and in America before European exploration. 4.1(B)

2. Understand the origin, similarities, and differences among these groups. 4.1(A)

3. Describe the regions in which the Native American Indians lived and identify groups remaining in Texas today. 4.1(C)

4. Compare the ways of life among American tribes in Texas. 4.1(D)

5. Explain how the economic activities of various early American Indian groups in Texas and North America used to meet their needs and wants such as farming, trading, and hunting. 4.10(A)

If you have read the entire news letter have your child write the answer to this riddle on a sticky note, and turn it into the teacher Monday morning for a Wild Buck!

Q: Where do snowmen keep their money?

## Wilder Elementary

Hours of Operation:

Doors open: 7:15am

Breakfast: 7:15am-7:50am

Instructional Hours: 8am-3:25pm

Dimissal begins: 3:25pm