# Sneak Peek

## The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This is the last Sneak Peek of 2015. I wish everyone a restful and fun-filled Winter Break with family and friends. The students have been working hard to learn and perform their songs for the Stoy School's Annual Holiday Concert. We are excited for their time on stage Friday morning.

## Literacy

This week, we will explore all kinds of weather. We will also explore the question, “How do you know what a story is mostly about?” In the informational text Super Storms, we will learn about several kinds of extreme weather. We will then read Weather Poems, including, “Night Drumming for Rain”, “Leaves” and “ Morning Sun.”

Target Vocabulary: flash, equal, damage, reach, pounding, prevent, beware, bend

Phonics Skills: Consonant digraphs th, sh, wh, ch, tch, ph; base words with endings –s, -ed, -ing (with no spelling changes)

Vocabulary Strategy: Compound Words

Comprehension Skill: Main ideas and details – tell important ideas and details about a topic

Comprehension Strategy: Visualize – picture what is happening as you read

During Writer's Workshop, the students will continue to use "Poet's Eyes" to see ordinary objects in a new way. We will also be discussing how poetry is written in a special way using line breaks. In addition, they will be working hard to create an original project for special people in their lives. (wink, wink)

## Math

Lesson 4-5: Using Place Value to Compare Numbers
• Count up and back to 100's
• Compare 3-digit numbers
• Share strategies for comparing 3 digit numbers
• Use expanded form to help them compare numbers
• Learn to play Number Top-It with 3 digit numbers
• Vocabulary: is greater than (>) * is less than (<) * expanded form
Lesson 4-6 DAY 1: Using Base-10 Blocks to Show a Number
• Solve Quick Look Cards and describe what they see on a ten frame
• Represent numbers using base-10 blocks drawings
• Compare and discuss their base-10 drawings
• Decide which number is shown by a set of base-10 blocks and explain how they decided
• Vocabulary: Base 10 blocks * cube * long * flat * represent
Lesson 4-6 DAY 2: Using Base-10 Blocks to Show a Number
• Discuss what a complete response includes
• Discuss how peers solve yesterday's response
• Share their responses and ideas on numbers when represented by the base-10 blocks
• Improve the clarity and completeness of their original drawings and explanations
Lesson 4-7: Playing Target
• Record numbers represented by base-10 blocks
• Add 2-digit numbers shown with base-10 blocks
• Add and subtract with 2-digit numbers using base-10 blocks
• Learn how to Play Target
Lesson 4-8: How Big is a Foot?
• Add and subtract 10 from given numbers
• Listen to How Big is a Foot
• Discuss the importance of using consistent units
• Measure objects with standard foot
• Vocabulary: foot * ruler * standard unit

## Science

Last week, the students built upon their previous mixing experiences by mixing three solids with water; gravel, toilet tissue, and kosher salt with water. Through observations during the lab, they students determined which one breaks apart, sinks, and dissolves to create a solution. The students will now think about and discuss how to separate the mixtures they created last week. Using a special tool, they will have an opportunity to learn how to separate solids and liquids

What three factors contribute to the speed at which a water-soluble solid dissolves in water? We will find out by having a race. On Wednesday, the students will explore two of these factors in Lesson 7. They will use solid sugar in two different forms; cube and granulated, to see which dissolves faster under identical circumstances. On Friday, they will be looking at another factor that will affect how quickly a solid will dissolve: heat. The students will participate in another dissolving race. Each set of lab partners will observe what happens when they mix granulated sugar with cold and warm water.

Finally, before Winter Break, the students will learn about a process called chromatography. This will be accomplished by separating ink into its component colors. As they work together, they will recognize that some mixtures contain “hidden” substances that are revealed only when the mixture is separated.

Tyler DeCastro
December 21st

## FYI

• December 17th - Student Council College Day and Pretzel Sale
• December 18th - Holiday Concert; HTHS Auditorium @ 10 A.M.
• December 23rd - Half-Day, Pajama Day & Class Holiday Party & Movie