Mrs. Smith's Scoop

Week of December 1, 2014

Kimberly Smith

Lower School Teacher
Skype: icademyksmith

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Progress Goals 2013-2014 School Year

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Kids Corner

Journal Idea

Journal Entry:

When you think of December, what do you think of?

Riddle of the Week

Riddle of the week:

What do you get when you cross a snowman and a dog?

Last week:

What always comes at the end of Thanksgiving?

Answer: "The Letter G"

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The 12th month of the year is an outstanding one 

December is the last month in the Gregorian calendar. Its name is based on the Latin term for ten. In the Roman calendar, December was the tenth month until the addition of January and February at the beginning of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere December has the shortest daylight hours and marks the beginning of winter. December provides the longest days in Southern Hemisphere, as it is the beginning of summer. December is a month home to many religious holidays.

December Fun Facts

1. The birthstone of December is turquoise.

2. Zodiac signs for December are Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) and Capricorn (December 22 - January 19).

3. The birth flower of December is the narcissus.

4. World's AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1st.

5. December 3 - International Day of the Disabled Person

6. Universal Human Rights Month

7. National Read a New Book Month

8. In December, Nobel Prizes are awarded.

9. On December 4, 1791, The Observer newspaper (the first Sunday newspaper) was first published in Britain.

10. Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25th.

11. On December 7, 1941, The United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese planes which killed more than 2,300 Americans.

12. On December 20, 1803, the Louisiana Purchase was completed.

13. Kwanzaa is celebrated on December 26 - January 1 every year.

14. National Stress Free Family Holiday Month

15. December 27th is National Chocolate Day

16. On December 29, 1862, the bowling bowl was invented.

17. Poinsettia Day is on December 12th.

18. On December 3, 1967, the first heart transplant was completed.

19. On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made their first flight.

20. On December 14, 1791, the Bill of Rights was passed.

This website shares ideas, pictures, and links for some December fun!

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Did you Know that K12 has many great apps in the mobile app stores?

If you have an iPad, Kindle, tablet, etc. that you allow your kids to use, they may be missing out on some really cools apps that K12 offers. You should visit the full list at

Many of the Apps are FREE, with only a couple that cost a few dollars.

There is an app for each grade level in K-2 that has all of the K12 Classic Reader Stories. They include the pictures and the story can be read aloud.

Also check out the fun math apps like K12 Choc-It-Up or xGerms Addition


There are new work sample requirements for grades 3-5. I will be going over these with each family individually, but I want you to be able to look over them here as well.

These assignments MUST be turned into me to be graded.

3 Math Assignments and 3 Reading/Writing Assignments

You will scan and save them as pdf, or take a picture and save as a jpeg. Then you will send them to me with the new File Sharing Option in the OLS.

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Work Samples to Be Turned In for K-2

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Important Dates

12/18/14- Semester End for Term 1 Students

12/23/14-1/2/2014-Winter Break

1/14/15- Semester End for Term 2 Students

Progress Goals 2014-2015 School Year