Special Delivery December 2015

Oak Ridge Specials Teacher Newsletter Ed. 4

Kindergarten

Media: We will continue to read both fiction and nonfiction books about internet safety. Students will enjoy various Netsmartz and Brain Pop videos to reinforce internet safety rules. Also, toward the end of the month we will review the organization of the Everybody books in the library.


Music: Students are working on melody (singing and playing, reading and writing, composing and listening).


PE: We will begin the Basketball Unit and concentrate on Dribbling, Passing and Jump Shot Skills. These lessons will consist of skill cues, drills and modified games.


Technology: Kindergarteners have been learning how to open and close computer programs and navigate teacher chosen websites to practice counting skills. Coming up we will continue to fine tune our keyboarding and mouse skills.


Art: K Art students will finish their crayon-resist paintings from November. Then students will create holiday cards for Brenner's Children's Hospital.

First Grade

Media: We will continue to read both fiction and nonfiction books about internet safety. Students will enjoy various Netsmartz and Brain Pop videos to reinforce internet safety rules. Also, toward the end of the month we will review the organization of the Everybody and Fiction books in the library.


Music: Students are working on melody (singing and playing, reading and writing, composing and listening).


PE: We will begin the Basketball Unit and concentrate on Dribbling, Passing and Jump Shot Skills. These lessons will consist of skill cues, drills and modified games.


Technology: Students have been learning how to open and close computer programs and navigate teacher chosen websites to practice identifying shapes. Coming up we will continue to fine tune our keyboarding and mouse skills.


Art: First-grade Art students will finish their crayon-resist paintings from November. Then students will create holiday cards for Brenner's Children's Hospital.

Second Grade

Media: Early this month we will continue read and enjoy various activities about particular “Holidays Around the World” to prepare students for their December musical performance with Mrs. Royal. Also, we will read both fiction and nonfiction books about internet safety. Students will enjoy various Netsmartz and Brain Pop videos to reinforce internet safety rules.


Music: Don't forget our performance of December Round the World, Thursday, December 10 at 6PM. Walk your child to his/her classroom at 5:45. Contact Mrs. Royal at royalc@gcsnc.com with any questions.


PE: We will be working on ball handling and dribbling in basketball (with dominant and non dominate hands), and modified dribbling games. We will also work on the bounce ,chest and overhead Pass in Basketball.


Technology: Second graders have just finished up a unit on creating tables in Word to organize information using second grade sight words and telling time. Coming up they will learn more about using the school’s tablets


Art: Second-grade Art students will finish their crayon-resist paintings from November. Then Art will assist with rehearsals for the second-grade musical performances.

Third Grade

Media: Early this month we will continue read and enjoy various activities about particular “Holidays Around the World” to prepare students for their December musical performance with Mrs. Royal. Also, we will begin reading books from the North Carolina Children’s Picture Award Nominee list.


Music: Don't forget our performance of December Round the World, Thursday, December 10 at 7PM. Walk your child to his/her classroom at 6:45. Contact Mrs. Royal at royalc@gcsnc.com with any questions.


PE: We will be finishing our unit on Kicking and Punting with the Grubber Kick in Rugby. Then we will start our unit on volleyball skills. We will work on the forearm pass and the set before we leave for the Holiday Break!


Technology: Students have just finished up a unit on creating tables in Word to organize information using multiplication. Coming up they will be learning about internet safety.


Art: Art students will finish their crayon-resist paintings from November. Then Art will assist with rehearsals for the third-grade musical performances.

Fourth Grade

Media: This month students will learn more about important historical figures and events in American History during the 20th century to help students prepare for their January musical performance with Mrs. Royal.


Music: Please see the email from your child's classroom teacher with details about our January 14 performance of American Voices. Also ask your child about special parts (all parts must be memorized). Please contact Mrs. Royal at royalc@gcsnc.com with any questions.


PE: We will finish our unit on Punting with the drop punt in Rugby and modified games with Kick offs and drop goals. Then we will start our unit on volleyball skills with the forearm and set passes, along with modified round robin games.


Technology: Fourth graders did a great job learning more about PowerPoint and creating slides to publish poetry. We also had some time to navigate and explore the NC Mint Museum’s website to learn more about pottery since the students have been creating pottery in Art Class. Check it out here http://www.mintmuseum.org/craftingnc/index.htm.

Coming up, students will learn about internet safety.


Art: Fourth-grade Art students will continue to learn about the traditions of NC clay and pottery, as well as learn about creating pottery that is hand-built with attached decorations. They will create their own whimsical or scary, NC-style face jug after sketching designs to spark ideas for their creations.

Fifth Grade

Media: This month students will learn more about important historical figures and events in American History during the 20th century to help students prepare for their January musical performance with Mrs. Royal.


Music: Please see the email from your child's classroom teacher with details about our January 14 performance of American Voices. Also ask your child about special parts (all parts must be memorized). Please contact Mrs. Royal at royalc@gcsnc.com with any questions.


PE : We will finish our unit on Punting with the drop punt in Rugby and modified games with Kick offs and drop goals. Then we will start our unit on volleyball skills with the forearm and set passes, along with modified round robins games.


Technology: Fifth graders came into the Tech Lab with lots of knowledge of PowerPoint! We have been learning more about it and fine turning our slide creating skills. Each student created a slide show on Weather Tools and we are currently presenting them to our peers. Mrs. Thompson’s class created slideshows to show research on Loyalists, Patriots and Neutralists. Coming up, students will learn about internet safety.


Art: Fifth-grade Art students will finish creating and threading their straw looms and will begin weaving their scarves from their own ball of yarn.

Research Lab

Mrs. Newman is partnering with your child’s classroom teacher to offer research-based activities in the Research Lab.

GCS READS 20!

Read each night for 20 minutes and complete your monthly reading log. All November reading logs are due no later than Friday, December 4th. Our county goal is 400 minutes per student per month.

The December reading log will end on Friday, December 18th. Each year Guilford County Schools sponsors a Holiday Winter Reading Challenge. The Winter Reading Challenge logs with directions will be sent home no later than Monday, December 14th. The Winter Break Challenge will begin on Saturday, December 19th and end on Monday, January 4th. All December and Winter Break Challenge reading logs are due to school no later than Friday, January 8th.

eBooks

Every student can use Follettshelf eBooks. Use the following information when checking out eBooks.
Username District ID Number
Password Birthday in format MMDDYYYY

To explore the ORE Follett Shelf eBooks visit: http://wbb20183.follettshelf.com or through the Oak Ridge Elementary Website under Quick Links. This eBooks are available all the time to students even if they have books checked out of the library!