November 29th, 2007
Spelling: Today was a preview of upcoming spelling words.
Cursive: Cursive pages 44-46 are available and due Friday.
Reading: Today was a discussion day. We also read some of our shared book, Esperanza Rising.
Writing: Students started their next piece of writing today; some started lists, webs or charts as a prewriting strategy. The next piece of writing is due December 19.
Math: None today.
Science: None due to library.
Social Studies: We watched some video clips about the branches of government.
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.
- Yellow magnets: 0
- Orange magnets: 0
- Red magnets: 0
- STAR Awards: 3
Check your student’s Personal and Social Growth grade at SnapGrades to see if your student moved their magnet.
- Capitol Field Trip on Tuesday, December 4. Click here for more information or a permission slip. Let me know if you would like to chaperone.
- Want an electronic dictionary? Orders are due Friday, November 30 and the cost is $20.
- View grades, assignments and even the report card at SnapGrades.
- Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
- This week’s juice volunteers: thanks to responsible and generous families, we have a juice backlog, so no juice volunteers needed for a few weeks!