Galaxy House News
November 12, 2015
Week in Review
November has brought the start of the second quarter! Please note that the first quarter report cards were sent home today. Please sign the envelope and have your child return it to school. All of the contents from the envelope are yours to keep. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Thank you to those that have donated cube-shaped tissue boxes and unwanted candy. We will be continuing to collect those through December 11 for our Gingerbread House Project. We would also like to thank our classroom volunteers: Mrs. Rebarchik, Mrs. Trent, Mrs. Needle, Mr. Turke, Mrs. Freeburn, and Mrs. Horvath. We have really appreciated having you help us create materials and work with students.
Students are busy putting their finishing touches on their "Report in a Suitcase" presentations. All students should bring their packed "suitcase" full of items from their imaginary trip to school on Nov. 23. We will present as many as we can before the Thanksgiving break. We are very excited to see each other's projects. If you have any questions, ask your child to show you the directions in their Google Classroom. You could also help your child proofread their postcard slides before they present.
Friday, November 20: Work plan #5 due
Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, Monday 24: Report in a Suitcase Presentations
Friday, December 11: Work plan #6 due
In Culture classes, Students are learning to use a strategy called close reading. Students start with a question or purpose in reading and go through each passage looking for keywords. After keywords or thoughts are identified students use them to write a response. In the past two weeks, we have used close reading to help summarize information and identify problems and solutions.
Dyer students say "Thank You" to our Veterans. The students in our house enjoyed learning about the Army and the Marines from our guest speakers, Mr. Ivkovich and Mr. Benkhe.
Students have been meeting to discuss their books with great enthusiasm. Throughout the last two weeks, we have worked on active listening and participation, and what it means to "piggyback" in order to continue and extend the conversation. This picture shows a group of students demonstrating proper responses to the rest of the class in what is known as a "fishbowl." Their last two meetings will be this week.