Class news week of January 4th


Newsletter for the Week of January 4, 2015

Literacy News:

Before the break, the class finished reading Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier.

This week we will begin our fundraising for Heifer International. All donations are due by 1/15. Please read the letter that follows the class news.

Reading Response Based on Facts. In this unit students will read various texts (articles, fables, non-fiction, fiction, etc.) and use text evidence to support their opinions/position based on the questions being asked.
In addition, we are reading Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children’s literature. This novel tells of friendship, love, life, and death. In this novel, Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. It also expresses the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter. As students read this novel, they will continue to learn how to answer questions in complete sentences and use text evidence to support their responses. Also, students will continue to work on mastering comprehension skills, such as main idea, making inferences, drawing conclusions, analyzing characters, cause and effect, etc.
Math News: Division: In this unit we will learn how division is related to subtraction, and how multiplication and division are inverse operations. We will use different strategies to understand what division is and to find a quotient.

Please look through your child’s folder and kindly sign and return all test papers. Many students are NOT returning tests. I will be contacting you by the beginning of next week if I am still missing test papers. Additionally, I have been sending back signed spelling tests. You should see a check on the paper indicating I have seen the test.

Spelling Words

1. dessert

2. desert

3. lose

4. loose

5. its

6. it’s

7. then

8. than

9. who’s

10. whose

11. super

12. supper

13. are

14. our

15. hour

16. walking

17. cared

18. noticing

19. accept

20. except

Class Trip: A new trip slip is coming home today. It is to the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing. Kindly sign and return the slip and send in the payment.



Read and log

Math- handout

Spelling- Fix the misspelled words; test Friday


Read and log

Math- handout

Spelling- ABC order


Read and log

Math- handout

Spelling- Choice Menu


Read and log

Math- handout

Spelling- Study for test


Read and log

Math- handout

Comprehension Sheet

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The students have been reading Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier. This book is about a young girl from Uganda named Beatrice who helps her mama in many ways. Beatrice has many responsibilities and carries them out without as much as a complaint. Beatrice yearned to go to school more than anything else in the world; however, her mama couldn’t afford to pay for the books and uniform.
Then one-day Beatrice’s family received a gift. At first, she doesn’t understand how a goat was going to bring wonderful things. Soon after, she realized that the goat she received was truly a gift. Beatrice would give the milk Mugisa produced to her siblings and sell the leftover. After some time, Beatrice’s mama decided to use the money Beatrice had earned to pay for school. Beatrice was astonished and amazed! Her lifelong dream had come true. Many other wonderful things happened as a result of this gift.
Beatrice’s story reveals the devastating reality of poverty, and that the smallest contribution toward the purchase of a gift animal can drastically improve the lives of the less fortunate all over the world.
This gift was made possible by Heifer International. Their mission is to empower communities to end hunger and poverty. The class has discussed how wonderful it would be to sponsor a goat. The cost to sponsor a goat is $120. If we all donate a little something, I am confident we will be able to give this life-changing gift to a family in need. If we raise more than $120, we will use the money to sponsor another animal. If we raise less, we will vote on what animal (s) we will donate. Please send in your donation in the form of cash or check payable to: Heifer International.

Please send in all donations by January 15, 2016

You can log onto http://www.heifer.org to learn more about their mission.

Thank you for your continued support 🙂

Ms. Dalton