From the Classrooms of 23B and 24B

For the Week of December 14th

In this Issue...

From Mrs. Younce

From Mrs. Johnson

Ways to Help at Home

Upcoming Events

From Mrs. Younce

Math:

Today we started Unit 4 in math. We reviewed mathematical properties that help us to simplify expressions and solve equations. With this unit students may find more challenges than before. This unit presents more difficult math situations because algebra can be more abstract than concrete in the concepts that we are working with.


Social Studies:

This week we will be starting a group project. Students will be working together to design a poster for one of Washington's geographic regions. Be on the lookout for pictures of the final product in a couple of weeks.

From Mrs. Johnson

Reading: We are coming to the end of our Journeys Readers Workshop. This week we are reviewing theme, comparing and contrasting the text and movie The Lorax, and discussing cause and effect in literature. For the next two weeks, students will be finishing their current Journeys book, their vocabulary lists, and end-of-book responses. We will also do some assessment next week on the skills we worked on throughout the workshop.


Writing: Today we discussed several ways that authors begin opinion essays and began constructing two or more introductions using different strategies. Some of the ideas we discussed were: beginning with a question, strong emotion, or onomatopoeia; starting with a short anecdote; stating the thesis in the last sentence of the introduction; and the most basic strategy – stating the thesis first and sharing the 3 supporting reasons. Ask your student which strategies they are using for their introductions.

Ways to Help at Home

Tomorrow you will receive a letter about our latest Future Ready Skill: Quality Producer. We will focus on this skill in class and ask that you might find ways to add it to your conversations at home. Ways to encourage this skill at home are: emphasizing neatness on homework sheets, completing homework, doing a quality job of cleaning their bedroom. You can also point out the ways that you are a quality producer in what you do. Thank you for supporting this important Future Ready work!

Upcoming Events

January 12 - Literacy Parent Night @LWES from 6-7pm

February 27 - Lifting Literacy event @ MV Library

Contact Us

Mrs. Johnson - tejohnso@tahomasd.us

Mrs. Younce - mmorlock@tahomasd.us