Mrs. Broadnax's Bulletin

November 4, 2013

Language Arts


How do I make inferences about a story? How do I use evidence to back up my inferences? How can different points of view of the same event change our feelings and thoughts about the event? How do I analyze a character? How can a character be persuasive and how does this affect the other characters?


How do I write an informational piece?

Craft lessons- Describing the setting and using strong verbs


How do I use commas in a series? How do I use commas in compound sentences? What are conjunctions?









Word Study

Greek and Latin Roots - de = down, off of

defrost- take the frost off of

declaw- take the claws off of

depress- press down

deflate- take the air down or out of

descend- go down



How do I multiply 1 digit numbers by 2, 3, and 4 digit numbers? How do I find partial products? How do I use the distributive property to multiply? How do I make models of multiplication sentences?

We will be using many different strategies to learn multiplication of larger numbers. Please remember that there is not only one correct way. Students are excited to teach you the new strategies they are learning. Let them teach YOU!

Students need to study their multiplication facts nightly. Thanks!


Solar System

*Compare and contrast stars, star patterns, and planets.

*Model the position and motion of the earth and the phases of the moon.

*Understand how the earth’s rotation and position affect the seasons and day and night.

Social Studies


What are characteristics of explorers? What were obstacles that they faced? How do the explorers compare with one another?

Famous explorers- John Cabot, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Juan Ponce de Leon, Christopher Columbus, Henry Hudson, Jacques Cartier

Test- Tuesday, Nov. 5

Coming soon- Thirteen Colonies

Upcoming Tests

Social Studies- Explorers - Tentative date- Tuesday, November 5th

Grammar- Comma Usage - Friday, November 15th.

Classroom News

Our Field Trip

Our field trip was a success! It really only rained on the way there and then it cleared up. The sun even made an appearance! We had a lot of fun! Three hours seems like a long time to be there but it still isn't enough time to get everything in!!

Thank you sooooooo much to all of our parents that trudged around in the mud with us!! We couldn't have done it without you! You are fantastic!!!! Thank you for taking such great care of our class!!


Don't forget to set your clocks back this weekend!

PE Days




Important Dates

Tuesday, November 5- Lunch in our rooms (Election Day); Buck's Pizza Night

Thursday, November 7- Math Night 6:30-7:30

Nov. 24-29- No School- Thanksgiving Break

Art News

We are busy getting our projects completed for the Art fundraiser program, Original Works. Original Works is a program that takes student artwork and prints it onto different items such as phone cases (iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5C, and Galaxy S3 and S4), t-shirts, sketchbooks, stationary, and coffee mugs to name a few. Packets will be sent home with the students that have all the information. This is a program that will help raise money for the Art department here at Craig. The plan is to use the money raised to buy equipment that will enhance student learning through technology. I would love to get a smart board, digital cameras, and tablets for the students to use.

Each grade level is working on a different project around the theme, Folk Art. For Kindergarten, we read the book, Rumble in the Jungle, and each class is completing a different jungle animal, Folk Art style. First Grade created Crazy Cats. Cats are a recurring theme in Art throughout history, and we jazzed our cats up by adding line and shape details. Second grade is creating folk art houses. We designed papers that we will use to create house collage. The third graders have created Folky Owl collages using construction paper and colored pencils. The fourth graders are working to complete Folk Art neighborhoods, and the fifth graders are finishing Folk Art cities that they designed themselves. Both fourth and fifth grades used markers and colored pencils to complete their projects. The students have worked really hard to create some amazing art, so be on the lookout.