We hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving break. It was great to hear about all of the fun adventures from the long weekend.

Here is what we are up to these days:

Reading:

Right now, we are wrapping up our unit on nonfiction reading. The children have been focusing on what they notice, what they learn, and what they wonder in their books.  A lot of time has been spent thinking about the keywords found in nonfiction books, and the ways we can figure out how to say them and what they mean.

After our nonfiction unit, we’ll be working on the skills needed to read bigger and harder books.  It’s important the children learn how to meet the challenges they face when reading longer books, like setting up routines, maintaining stamina, and staying on track when books get tricky.  We’ll also be setting new goals as readers to guide us as our books get harder.

Writing:

The children are currently working on their Native American research books.  They’ve accumulated a lot of information about their topic and are organizing their ideas into nonfiction books that include headings, introductions, conclusions, expert words, and nonfiction features.  As we wrap up our nonfiction writing, we will be studying different kinds of poems and writing our own, focusing on word choice and descriptive language.

Math:

As we wrap up our Equivalence and Exchange unit we are focusing on how we can explain our thinking. We always try to answer the question “How do you know?” when solving a mathematical problem. After this unit we will be moving into geometry to study 2D and 3D shapes, quadrilaterals and rectangles and introducing basic fractions, as they relate to shapes.

Social Studies:

We’ll be taking a break from our NYC curriculum, and taking time to discover more about ourselves and our families.  Our focus will be on the things that make us who we are.  We’ll use literature to help us understand what identity means.  Thank you for all your hard work in helping your child complete the family homework packet!  This information you provided will be instrumental in teaching this unit, and helping to create some beautiful projects.

Other Notes of Importance:

  • Mark your calendars – our holiday celebration will be at 8:30am on Thursday, December 21st.  For the celebration, we would greatly appreciate donations of winter themed wrapping paper or bows (for a special surprise).  No need to buy anything, only if you have extra around.  Please send in donations by 12/18.
  • Birthday Snack – We love celebrations!  Keep in mind the celebration should be 10-15 minutes  as to not interfere with our academic work.  For our birthday celebrations this year, we invite you to join to our class and share a special book of your family’s choice.  Please note, we will not be celebrating with food.  Please give us a week’s notice to plan a celebration, and remember, goodie bags are not permitted during school celebrations.
  • Changes to dismissal need to be given in writing.  Please send a note either weekly or the morning of a dismissal
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  • PLEASE label your child’s sweaters, jackets, scarves, gloves, hats, and anything else they might take off during the day! There are lots of articles of clothing that come into the room in the morning and then are not claimed (or are lost) by the end of the day.  This will make it easier for us to help the children keep track of their things.
  • Scholastic Book Orders went home. The December flyer is due by December 8th.  If you are interested in ordering, please use your child’s class code to order at Scholastic.com/readingclub (Class 203’s code is J86FM.  Class 206’s code is H2LJ7.)