Reading: Continuing Book Groups
Writing: New In Class Assignment
Math: Muffles Truffles Unit
Science: Crayfish Man Made Habitats
Social Studies: Africa done, Antarctica Animals
Homework: Free Write Journal (2 pages skipping lines) Due Friday
Read 20-30 minutes nightly
In more detail:
The snow has inspired us to begin working on our next writing project. Unfortunately, it is a bit of surprise for families so all we can tell you is that the learners have been working hard and we look forward to sharing more with you soon.
Beginning this week and stretching into next, we have been working on a new math unit that requires learners to solve problems regarding a baker named Muffles and all of his truffles!
The district wide math team has asked us to begin implementing some curriculum tools that will be used district wide. The unit plan, which was written by Catherine Fosnot and Antonia Cameron, asks learners to use many concepts from our multiplication study (as well as other background knowledge) to answer real world problems.
Muffle and his Truffles have captured many kids attention and will continue through next week. There is a video on the blog to help with discussion. Ask your student about what they have helped Muffle do for his chocolate shop.
We still have 6 crayfish and a momma still alive and providing us with a ton of data. Students are charting crayfish preferences in our man made environments and will hopefully do so until Christmas break. The momma's eggs are beginning to get translucent, so hopefully we will be able to see the full lifecycle.
Attached to this email is a flyer for a wonderful STEM Science Fair opportunity put on by VAHS. If you have time it would be a great event to take your child to.
Having finished with our Africa projects, we are already moving on to our next continent! For the next few weeks, our kids will be learning about Antarctica and the polar regions. We are asking that each learner focuses on one animal from this area. Then using the facts they gather, we will begin teaching more directed lessons about paragraph writing in the coming weeks.
Please notice that there is NO structured paragraph for this week. We are starting some lessons in class in the next couple of weeks that will focus on paragraph writing, so we are taking that off of the homework agenda for this week.
Homework for the week is listed below.
* Journal Entry - two pages skipping lines free write (NO structured paragraph this week!) Due Friday 12/11
* Read 20-30 minutes nightly and record on December reading log
* Dictado words to study: in, our, most, unit, we, have, been, and, how, can, be, used, real, world, setting, the, coming, weeks, will, those, ideas, as, well
*Challenge words: recent, math, exploring, discussing, explaining, multiplication, strategies
Reading groups are still working on the same books. We are really focusing on deeper connections and relating our connections back to the book. Book group discussion dates are listed below:
Trins: pp. 50-70 for Wed 12/9
Marty Digs Worms: ch 10-13 for 12/11
Humphrey: pp. 110-124 for 12/7
Flora and Ulysses: pp37-52 for Tues 12/8
Mercy Watson: ch. 10-12 for 12/10
The coming week:
The food drive will continue next week. Tues is PE/music. Wed is Art. Friday is a community Gathering featuring 2nd grade. Attached is also a flyer for an upcoming STEM night through the High School. It looks like an exciting night of science and engineering if you have time as a family.