Important Upcoming Dates:
Friday, December 5th: Walker Creek Paperwork Due
Wednesday, December 10th: Candyland Spirit Day
Wednesday, December 17th 8:30-9:30: Holiday Concert
December 22-January 2: Winter Recess
Monday, January 5th: Staff Development. (No school for students.)
Students have now completed National Novel Writing Month. Congratulations to all those who made their word-count goal AND finished their novel!
•We will spend each day working on editing and revising their work.
•If you would like to volunteer for Writer’s Groups, please contact your teacher.
•Looking ahead, we will ask you to help your child edit/revise their novel over the winter break. At that point, they will have had three weeks to work on it!
We have begun our third unit, “Fraction theory and the addition and subtraction of fractions.”
By the conclusion of this unit, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
• use multiple strategies to find equivalent fractions
• understand greatest common factor, least common multiple, and be able to apply these methods to fraction work
• understand that mixed numbers are more than one whole number and fractions are less than a whole number
• find equivalent fractions and use them to solve problems
• simplify fractions
• use concrete, pictorial, and computational models to find common denominators
• use fractions (proper and improper) and add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers
with unlike denominators to solve problems
• relate fractions and decimals (also use measurement)
Students are engaging in many exciting hands on activities and games to help them explore these concepts.
We have begun our unit studying Elements, in which students will:
We have begun reading a fantastic historical fiction novel by Elizabeth George Speare. We have already read one by her this year, The Sign of the Beaver. The new novel is titled The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond, is a historical tale about a young girl's rebellion against bigotry and her Puritan surroundings. Kit is a free-spirited sixteen-year-old colonial girl from Barbados who comes to live with relatives in the solemn, hard-working town of Wethersfield, Connecticut. Kit feels trapped and lonely in her new life until the day she finds refuge in the Meadows. There she meets an old Quaker woman named Hannah, who is known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. Uncle Matthew forbids Kit to see Hannah, but Kit persists in visiting her friend and even helps an abused child named Prudence find solace there. When an epidemic causes the townspeople to go after Hannah for practicing witchcraft, Kit helps her escape. Then Kit herself becomes the subject of the witch hunt. Her incarceration and trial force her to reexamine her feelings towards two young men and her future. In the end, Kit must choose the direction her life will take.
Next week, on Tuesday, we will have a panel discussion/debate to once and all figure out, “Who Really Discovered America?" The answer is convoluted- depending on the definition you want to use for "discovered or discoverer."
Everyone will play an active role, whether they are dressing up as an explorer, being a member of the audience judging the panel and issuing the final verdict, creating music in garageband for the panel discussion, or filming it.
This month in Social Studies we'll be studying The Fight for a Continent by answering following Big Questions: