November 11, 2013
Dates to Remember
November 13 --- Pratt Museum Field Trip (1:30 - 2:30)
November 22 --- Read - a - Thon Activity Night
November 28 - 29 --- No School (Thanksgiving Break)
December 10 --- Christmas Concert
December 13 --- Spelling Bee
The Scholastic Book Fair was a great success! We had so much fun the whole week having our very own book store in the library. Students helped run the fair and made changes to make it even better than last year! Students bought for themselves, for their families, and for their teachers. During Parent/Teacher conferences, upon parent and student request, I looked up Lexile numbers for books so that they could buy books just right for their reading level. I have already received many great suggestions for our next book fair after spring break. One student asked that the books to be grouped by Lexile level!
West Homer students are reading so much that we upped the number of books they may check out to 5!
Thank you for all the support—your students are awesome!
In writing we are beginning to write informational expository essays. We will be doing this through a historical research lens. We will teach students that research writers organize the information that they know about their topic, how to write flash drafts, and how to draw on awareness of timelines. This unit is designed to support a students' writing of informational texts within a content area study, in this case a social studies unit on Westward Expansion.
Students are continuing to learn about geography of both the United States and the world. We are beginning to work with atlases and are really focusing attention on how to read maps and other text features of our atlases.
Sixth Graders has a blast at the Challenger Center!