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Homework Sheet and Newsletter for the week of Dec. 12

Hi Parents,

Here is the homework for the upcoming week.

There is a Math test on Tuesday. A packet for test review is coming home on Friday, December 9th. Your child can choose to complete it over the weekend or on Monday night for homework. That is the worksheet for Monday night.

If anyone can donate construction paper (all colors), I (and the children) would greatly appreciate it!

Please make sure you review your child’s homework each evening and sign it.

Monday

Reading

Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from out new Read Aloud Magic Tree House, Pilgrims. Please pay special attention to the words that are capitalized.

Separatist, Mayflower, huddled, Cape Cod, Native People, coastline, whipped, delight, relationships and Pilgrims.

Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook.

Math

Worksheet, MATH TEST TOMORROW

Friendly Reminders

The children are still in need of practicing their addition and subtraction facts. During homework each evening, please spend about 10 minutes going over this. It is essential that during Math, they have perfected this skill. This unit is division and multiplication. Math facts need to be practiced each evening.

Tuesday

Reading

Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Writing

Identify a problem you once had. Describe the problem: What caused it? Who was involved? How did it develop? Then describe the solution, if there was one. If there wasn’t one, write down possible solutions.

Math

No Homework

Wednesday

Reading

Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Word Work

Words of the week, pulled from out new Read Aloud: Magic Tree House, Pilgrims. Please pay special attention to the words that are capitalized.

Separatist, Mayflower, huddled, Cape Cod, Native People, coastline, whipped, delight, relationships and Pilgrims.

Refer to the Speller’s Choice board and complete one of the assignments in your homework notebook.

Math

Worksheet

Thursday

Reading- Nonfiction Only this evening

Read For 30 minutes and log it in your Reading Log.

Writing

Nonfiction Writing:

Write about the traditions you have learned about that are celebrated during the time of Kwanzaa and/or Hanukkah.

Math

Worksheet

Friday

Spelling Test today!

News for the Week of December 12th

Hi Parents,

Here is our classroom 2-213 news for the week of December 12th. Thank you to Rueben and Roslyn’s mom offering to do a craft for the holidays!

Please be on the lookout for an email from our classroom mommies Lauren and Jen (Thea and Adelaide’s moms) in order to gain access to Sign Up Genius. This is what we will use as a class community to sign up for certain celebrations and activities so we can all be informed. Also, here is the link for the class list spreadsheet:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GBgNEX3OY1CS-KG23hdntzh28iQ2GZNcHXXvdARiHIU/edit?invite=CNeY1-AK&ts=5849891a#gid=0

Additionally, I would like parents to begin discussing behavior with their children. I have been getting poor reports of the children’s behavior from their special teachers upon picking them up. When I hear the negative reports, I am not surprised because, at times, I experience the same issues with the class as a whole. I don’t want to disregard good behavior because all children, at one point or another, are practicing good behavior. However, please know that chattiness, socialization when they are expected to be working on cooperative tasks and not following directions takes away from instructional time. Please explain to your children the importance of good behavior and how it benefits their learning and the classroom culture.

This week our class is learning about……..

Reading-

For our nonfiction unit, our class will begin reading Magic Tree House: Pilgrims.During this week, the reading skill we will be working on is author’s purpose. I will teach the children, that in nonfiction, the author’s purpose is to inform and that in fiction is it to entertain. One exception, however, is narrative nonfiction texts. Narrative nonfiction tells a true story in an informational way. It differs from nonfiction because it has a beginning, middle and end, whereas nonfiction you can "dip in" and "dip out." This is where I will infuse our Social Studies unit about New York, reading to the the children narratives about New York City in the past, reinforcing the skill that while reading narrative nonfiction, students will be entertained also while being informed. We are also delving into the topic of problem and solution. When we identify a problem, as readers, we want to understand what caused the problem and if there are any solutions that occurred and why. If not, what could be possible solutions.

Writing-

This week we will continue drafting our nonfiction All About piece. Your children have done some research, created their subtopics, took notes and learned about plagiarism. Students will continue drafting their body paragraphs, taking research and putting it into their own words. I will be meeting with small groups to reinforce important concepts of nonfiction writing. I understand some materials for research may be time sensitive, such as a library book. Please check up with your children about their research and if they feel like they have a sufficient amount or if there is anything further they are wondering about or want to know, help to research with them further at home or take them to the library. Feel free to reach out if you need any help with supporting your children in writing at home.

Math-

This week we will continue the topic of Metric Measurement of Length. There is a Math test on Tuesday and then we will move into the topic of mental math. The children didn’t do as well as I had hoped on the math test when I know they knew the material. During Math, we are now working in groups to solve math word problems. This is called Reciprocal Math. What Reciprocal Math is, is that each child is assigned a role and is expected to carry out their role within a group. The roles are reader, identifier, planner and checker. These roles are not only to help the children work cooperatively in a group, but it allows for them to go through a word problem dissecting it, reading it multiple times, asking themselves what is the problem asking them to do, identifying key words and ideas and then checking their work. Additionally, I feel that if the children went through this process while taking the test, they would have done much better on the test. What the class tends to do, at times, is rush through the work and spend 15 minutes on something that should take 40. Please reinforce this process at home when your children are completing math assignments.

Social Studies-

Children will learn about Hanukkah this week!

Science-

This week we will begin work on balance and motion. A new experiment is being planned and I will be sharing the details with you shortly!

Sincerely,

Ms. Kender