# The Buzz

## What happened at school today?

Want to get your kiddo talking about what they are doing here at school? Here are a couple questions/subjects to help guide the discussion:

* Can you tell me about even and odd numbers?

* What did you learn about bunnies?

Our Library Day is now on Monday

December 18th- Classroom Holiday Parties

December 19th- Winter Vacation Begins

## This week:

Our language arts focus this week was comparing and contrasting different gingerbread man stories. We talked about the characters, setting, problem and solution. We learned that good readers make connections to other things they have read. We will continue to practice this skill all year. As you are reading each night with your child please consider asking them, is this story like any other book we have read, if so, how?

The sight words for next week are: review

Sound Cabinet: Letter:D

This week your little mathematicians were introduced to the concept of comparing items by length. We also completed some measurement activities in preparation to "bunny -sit" our school pets. Through our research we learned that a bunny needs a 2 foot wide by a 4 foot long cage. We measured and taped the rectangle out on the floor. Then we realized that we needed another space right next to it that is the same size for the other bunny. Which led to us wondering what shape that would make. I had run out of tape by then so we graphed what we thought, a square or a rectangle. By the end of the lesson we had measured, talked about shapes, added, problem solved(critical thinking) and graphed. This little teacher was Happy, and this was just Monday!

This week in Writing we switched gears a little bit. We focused on writing a How To piece. Students use the transition words; first, next, last. These words help the reader know that there are certain steps they must follow to know how to do something.

You may have heard about the "Gingerbread Man" that is visiting our classroom. He "travels" during the night and reports back to our classroom in the morning with a letter about his travels. Through these letters students will learn about different holidays that are celebrated around the world. This week students have learned about Hanukah, Christmas in Italy and Mexico. If you celebrate a holiday from a different country and would like the Gingerbread Man to share about it please let me know. I would be happy to inform him.

It has been a great week, thank you for sharing your children with me!