I hope you all had a good holiday break, full of fun and long lasting memories with each other! Now we have four full weeks in a row before the next holiday break (except December 23 is a no-class day). That being said, we have a lot to do before second quarter is over. Now is a good time to refocus on any goals we set at conferences, whether it be about multiplication practice or MathWhizz at home, or making full use of work sessions at school…now is the time progress can really be showcased!
Last week we had a great time with the salabration! We ended up having probably 40 people in our classroom at once between students and family members! Some students expressed interest in doing something similar again. Thus, here is our first notice that we will be having an end of quarter pot-luck on December 22, during recess and lunch, to celebrate each other’s company (from 12:15-1:10). All family members are again invited to join us! This will probably coincide with another read in that day. More detail to follow.
Our next field trip, to the courthouse, is free, though I have not received many permission slips for that yet. For sixth graders, as discussed at conferences, we have a big field trip in April to Kenai Fjords. Upon review of the cover letter of the information packet, I was reminded that tuition for this is due December 9. If full payment is a hardship, PLEASE let me know asap so scholarships can be arranged. This is such an amazing and important experience that through fundraising and donation efforts, every sixth grader gets the chance to go.
This week we have a full plate of learning ahead. In language we will begin exploring what a plot is and how to develop it in our writing. We will also be looking at different uses of capital letters in “Skyscrapers”. In science we will continue our study of force, exploring how force is transferred, and perhaps beginning a look at electricity. (Any electricians out there that would like to share their expertise? Computer coding will follow electricity for anyone with experience there!)
In math we will continue with our math groups. Sixth years are working with fractions, Fifth years on Order of Operations, and fourth years are moving to quadrilaterals and multiplying using the distributive property. Some students have commitments to MathWhizz which we are doing in class, however if there is internet access at home, it is expected students are working on this at home as well. In cultural studies we will continue reading about immigration with reading partners/group while working on our world maps.
I’m looking forward to this week ahead. Please know you can always get a hold of me with any questions, concerns, or celebrations!