Monday, December 12, 2016

December 12 - 16, 2016

Happy Holidays!  Enjoy your children during this beautiful time of year.

The WW Student Council adopted five families to help out during the holiday break.  Students in room 26 were asked to do chores at home and to earn money for helping our family and specifically a 13-year old girl.  With the money and clothing that my students collected, we have been able to purchase all of her wished for items and more.  She asked for books to read and her sister asked for a Nook.  With fifth grade, we purchased a Kindle for both of them!  We are including the details for her to sign into the public library and download books for free.  Thank you to Victoria and her mother, Mrs. Karnes, for taking donations and purchasing items from the girl's wish list.  HUGE thank you from Student Council and myself for your generosity.

Thank you to Mrs. Lua, for coming Monday for psycho motor volunteering.  She has been so helpful all fall.  Mr. Wildenberg and Mrs. Wagle have been coming each Wednesday morning for a math rotation that allows us to break into groups and work on a variety of things.  Thanks to all that come in each week to lend a hand.  

Students will be asked to read during the holiday break.  All students will be signed up for the holiday break reading program.  Newsela will offer three different articles for students to read each week.  Also, if your child does not have a book or material to read at anytime - he/she can go to and read informative news at his/her reading level.  Newsela is a strong program to turn to for reading material.

Winter Sing will be in the auditorium on Friday, December 16th at both 8:30 a.m. and 1:00.  Fourth grade classes will not be singing as we have been assigned the Spring Sing.  However, chorus students in our class will be singing!  They sang one of their songs for us on Friday.  WOW!  Ms. Kristin Staves is an extraordinary music teacher.

This week we will continue working on math, science, language arts and social studies IN BETWEEN all of the holiday happenings!  Our holiday party will be on Thursday a.m.  I will be making a brunch/breakfast for the students in the a.m.  I have it all taken care of - it's a tradition that I do each year.

A very special thank you to the volunteers that have worked the traffic locations around school all this week and the week we return from winter break.

Language Arts.  Reading and Writing from the Extreme Settings Great Minds program.  Students will focus on setting and character importance.  We will be exploring poetry with the works of Robert Frost.

Eureka Math:   We will plan to get through lessons 1 – 8 before Winter Break.
Topic A:        December 5 – 9 – Module 4, Lessons 1 – 4
                        December 12 – 16 – Lessons 5 – 8

There will be a math quiz on Module 4, Lessons 1 - 5 on Tuesday and another small quiz on lessons 6 - 8 on Friday.  
Module 4:  “Angle Measure and Plane Figures


This 20-day module introduces points, lines, line segments, rays, and angles, as well as the relationships between them. Students construct, recognize, and define these geometric objects before using their new knowledge and understanding to classify figures and solve problems. With angle measure playing a key role in the work throughout the module, students learn how to create and measure angles, as well as how to create and solve equations to find unknown angle measures. In these problems, where the unknown angle is represented with a letter, students explore both measuring the unknown angle with a protractor and reasoning through the solving of an equation. This connection between the measurement tool and the numerical work lays an important foundation for success with middle school geometry and algebra. Through decomposition and composition activities, as well as an exploration of symmetry, students recognize specific attributes present in two-dimensional figures. They further develop their understanding of these attributes as they classify two-dimensional figures.

Topic A begins with students drawing points, lines, line segments, and rays, as well as identifying these in various contexts and within familiar figures. Students recognize that two rays sharing a common endpoint form an angle (CCSS 4.MD.5). They create right angles through a paper-folding activity, identify right angles in their environment, and see that one angle can be greater (obtuse) or less (acute) than a right angle. Next, students use their understanding of angles to explore relationships between pairs of lines as they define, draw, and recognize intersecting, perpendicular, and parallel lines (CCSS 4.G.1).”
Science.  Soils, Rocks, and Landforms:  Erosion and Deposition.

Social Studies.  California's four regions.

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