# Ms. Foster's Class News

## Important Information

• December is here!! Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather.

## Dates to Remember

Library is Tuesday.

Math Topic 8 Study Guide is due December 3.

Our Reading Log is due December 12.

December 19 - Early Release

Christmas Break starts December 22

## Our Lewis and Clark Presentations

Several students created a digit project using a program called Voicethread. If you would like to view them, please go to: http://voicethread.com/

## Curriculum Notes for Week 1

Reading: We are continuing our Historical Fiction Unit. This week e focus on the main characters point of view. Students are reading a novel as a part of a book club.

Week 5 Vocabulary: coward, endurance, persevere, landmark

Writing: This week we will be forming opinions about the characters in our Historical Fiction novels and writing opinion pieces.

Spelling: Test Friday. Our new spelling patterns are: dge vs. ge/k or ck

Math: This week in Math we will review Topic 7 and start Topic 8 which addresses 2 by 2 digit multiplication. There will be facts quiz on Friday. Topic 7 test will be December 3.

Social Studies: We are discussing the pioneers moving west and the hardships that they encountered.

## Math Topic 8 Objectives

• Multiply 2-digit factors with arrays.
• Multiply using arrays and an expanded algorithm with partial products.
• Multiply 2-digit factors by multiples of 10.
• Multiply two 2-digit numbers.
• Solve problems that involve two questions.

## Reading and Writing Objectives for 2nd Quarter:

• Use a variety of texts to infer in order to explain historical events and consider alliterate perspectives of characters.
• Read and compare and contrast expository nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, and historical nonfiction, paying attention to the importance of the setting.
• Read and use primary documents and text to gain understanding and knowledge of historical events.
• Gather information about a historical fiction text and learn about a specific time period.
• Research and analyze firsthand and secondhand accounts, charts, graphs, and maps.
Writing Objectives:
• Write in a variety of formats to reflect on learning.
• Elaborate on thoughts and ideas using details from the text.
• Express opinions in writing using reasons and details to support opinions clearly.
• Compose a literary essay using transitions to link ideas, and writing introductions and conclusions.
Content Objectives:
• Evaluate the impact of the westward expansion on Native Americans
• Locate and describe settlements to Missouri of people of European and African heritage

• Summarize the events of westward expansion

• Sequence events of the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark Expedition

• Explain Missouri's role in Civil War
• Describe the changes in Missouri since the Civil War in education, transportation, and communication
• Outline issues of Missouri Statehood, such as the Missouri Compromise

Susan Foster