December 1st, 2006
Spelling: Today we learned that an r following a vowel changes the vowel’s sound: hut/hurt, heat/heart, cat/cart. Students are working on the unit 4 spelling worksheets; a copy can be downloaded by visiting the Spelling page.
Cursive: Cursive worksheets pp. 39, 40, and 44 were reviewed today.
Reading: Today was a reading day in Literature Circles.
Writing: Today we learned two additional strategies writers can use to make their characters come alive: action and the reaction of other characters. Using these, in combination with dialogue and description, helps to make characters seem to lift right off the page.
The next piece of writing is due Monday, December 4.
Math: Students participated in Math Skills today, and completed a MiniQuiz over products, factors, prime numbers and multiples.
Science: We took advantage of the wet weather to observe a “pond” forming in the courtyard at the curious location of directly above the stormwater drain. Students inferred there must be too much water for the drain to handle. We also walked down to the Gibson Drain at the southern edge of our playground. We observed that the water level was quite high, the speed was fast, and the color was murky, all cause by an influx of water from the two inches of rain we have recieved in the last couple of days.
El Nacimiento: This December, we will be looking at how Esperanza, the Mexican girl from our shared reading story, Esperanza Rising, would have celebrated holidays in December. Mexico has many more days of significance during December, January and even into the beginning of February, than we have in the US. Today, we learned about the primary holiday decoration in Mexico: the Nacimiento (the birth or the nativity).
This scene is usually placed in a prominent location, and can be as large as an entire room. The Nacimiento contains various people, animals, cacti, mountains, lights, cellophane waterfalls, mirror ponds, houses, and spanish moss. There could be as many as 200 different figures in the display. Ours is in our showcase, Esperanza’s was in her hallway. Visit MexConnect for other Christmas traditions in Mexico.
- Yellows: four magnets
- Oranges: no magnets
- Reds: no magnets
Ask your student what kind of choices they made.
- Juice Volunteers for Friday, December 8: Erica and David. Click here for a full list of juice volunteers.
- We are looking for donations of cardboard tubes (toilet tissue, paper towel, wrapping paper) for class projects. The tubes can be sent in any time during the year; this project will be on-going. Thanks for any help you can give!