Winter break is approaching quickly and we are trying to make full use of our time left in class this week. We will continue working through math; Fourth graders are working through multi-digit multiplication with materials, GoMath, and partner exchange work, fifth graders are exploring decimals through materials, and sixth graders continue to look at fractions. Various other students are working on individual concepts such as analog time-telling, patterns, MathWhizz exercises, and Pre-Algebra.
In cultural studies we are studying origins of major immigration movements to the United States, including Irish, German-Jewish, Chinese, and Mexican immigration waves. We will be adding these routes to the large world maps students have been working on all quarter. This unit will take us on our field trip, on Friday, to the U.S. District Courthouse to witness a naturalization ceremony for our nation’s newest citizens. Students will also likely have time to ask the District Judge questions, (which we will be preparing this week), and attempt the same “citizenship test” immigrants must take before naturalization.
In science we will continue with our STEM explorations, working through electricity on our way to coding. Students really enjoyed last week’s attempts at making complete circuits with size D batteries, light bulbs, buzzers, and mini-motors.
Our language this week takes us through skyscrapers work on contractions and continues our look at literary elements such as plot, setting, theme, and characters. We will integrate this into writing by creating a story by putting these pieces together.
In reading, in addition to our immigration studies, students choose between optional work in subject/predicate materials, SRAs, Fiction Box Cards, or Research Lab. These materials are almost exclusively to practice our reading comprehension and it is expected students make at least two choices every week from these materials. Ask your student which they prefer and how active they are in completing the tasks.
As previously mentioned, our class will be hosting a potluck on the last day of the quarter, Thursday, December 22, from 12:15pm – 1:10pm. Families/siblings are invited to this community event and are encouraged to bring a dish to share if possible. Please avoid dishes with peanuts or almonds. If you bring a dish with dairy or carrots, please label it as containing these ingredients. This potluck will be in addition to a Read-In on that Thursday.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, is the final day of our Kindness Challenge at school. Ask your students if they will finish in time and if they plan to continue. Thank you for all you do in helping with the success of our students; the kindness they show here in the community begins with the kindness they see and feel from all of you!