- Work Journal 2 is due Tuesday, Dec. 8 by 4:15 pm
- Parent Report Card Reflections are due Tuesday, Dec. 15 by email
- The Gift of Reading: Students bring in a new, wrapped book with their name- "From: _____" so that I can place a number on their book. On the last day before Winter Break, students will draw a number from a hat, open the gift, and thank the person who brought the gift. Please send books to school by Tuesday, Dec. 15th so that I can make last minute calls to those who may forget to send the book.
- Pizza & Spirit Day: Thu, Dec. 10 and Fri, Dec. 11...wear your "Ugly Holiday Sweater" and don't forget to pack two snacks and water bottle for morning transition & afternoon body break
- WINTER BREAK: DEC. 21-JAN. 8
- Read the bottom to find out about Home school Research Projects
Reading: We began reading our "Book Club" story called, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff. We are using a study guide that I have purchased from Teachers Pay Teachers. Students are having deep conversations about whether your name should control your destiny. We will be identifying figurative language throughout the story and discussing how the author has set up the structure of the text using a plotting plan. This will help us when we write our own fairy tale. We have read Chapters 1-2 so far. Please DO NOT allow your student to read ahead of the class because they will lose interest and show off-task behaviors while we are reading because they aren't able to make predictions along with the class since they know what has happened already.
Short Project: State Floats: Students have been working hard to research and find facts about the state they chose. I sent their research packet home so that they could do more research in order to be able to start building their float this week. We will be able to use some of the materials from the Innovation Station; however, it would be helpful if your student could find some materials from their old toys to use on their float, or colored pictures from the internet. I will let you know if we will be having our "State Float Parade" before or after Winter Break.
Math: Students reviewed what they learned about multiplication and division by completing challenging word problems. Students have also been brushing up on the math facts with math fact quizzes. We are moving into the Fractions Unit, but I want you all to continue reviewing and learning your multiplication/division math facts. Now that you have the understanding of what multiplication and division is, we want you to be able to memorize as many facts or know strategies to help you get the harder facts easily, so that you can use your multiplication/division knowledge with fractions as well.
Handwriting: We are a little over halfway through our Cursive Handwriting Without Tears book. I encourage everyone to begin using cursive writing more in your daily written assignments to get more practice. Some third and fourth graders have already begun writing everything in cursive. The more you practice, the better you'll become. I know that we haven't reviewed all the letters in our book. We will be learning these final letters soon: m, n, q, z, x. Finally, I have begun writing all my morning messages in cursive to help them practice reading cursive. They are getting better at reading my messages. Try it at home and you may be surprised by how much they can decipher in cursive! Please remind your students to use their best tripod grip...making sure that their thumb and fingers are touching the pen, not overlapping their fingers or their fingers are tucked under the pen. Check your student's grip and encourage them to try the tripod grip.
Typing: I have noticed many students using the home row on the keyboard and trying to use their fingers in the correct places. This skill takes many years of practice. Please make sure you have added "Keyboarding Skills" into your daily lessons as well. I know it can be hard to remember or schedule it in, but if we both are working on keyboarding, the students will have more opportunities for success.
Some free resources: http://funtotype.com, https://www.typingclub.com/typing-qwerty-en.html, (I like this one because it introduces just 2 letters or numbers at a time) http://www.freetypinggame.net/play10.asp (This one also introduces 2 letters at a time. It also has games once your student is ready to apply their skills)