December is flying by so quickly. There are many things happening. Class “Grab Bag,” gifts should be sent in by Wednesday, December 20th. . Please mark on it, “Girl” or “Boy.” Our “Holiday Concert” is this Wednesday, and on Thursday we will be performing our concert at Peconic Landing.
The third graders were treated to free dictionaries courtesy of “Crazy About Words,” an organization in Peconic Landing. Mr. McKay came to the school last week to talk about the benefits of the dictionary. The children looked up new words and shared with each other.
ELA: Be sure to look in the hallway at the creative cause-effect holiday writing pieces the children completed. They are based on the story, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.
Last week the children started new Christmas mystery books in their guided reading groups. In addition to this, we have been working on many holiday related reading/writing projects. We read about Christmas trees in the past and present. To go along with the same theme I read The Carpenters’ Gift: A Christmas Tale About the Rockefeller Tree and the children worked on the skill of plot with this book.
In addition I had the children watch a video on how the candy cane is made. They wrote down the steps, and then wrote a sequential paragraph.
This coming week we will work on other reading/writing skills by incorporating the holiday theme of gingerbread, Christmas Carols, Christmas Ornaments, etc.
I have been conferencing with the children on their mystery stories they wrote. Since the stories are more involved it takes a little longer to meet with each one. The children are writing their own creative stories from holiday picture prompts.
Math: The fourth graders are halfway through module 3. They are practicing long division with the algorithm. They are seeing how important it is to know the multiplication facts.
Social Studies: Native American projects are being presented to the class. Most children worked on their I pads using “Keynote” or making a video with the information they learned. After vacation we will learn about the three worlds meeting in North America.
Science: As a culminating project to our simple machines unit, the children are working in cooperative groups to build a pinball machine. They have planned their design and are now implementing their ideas. This engineering project’s aim is to keep the marble in the machine for the longest time without dropping out of the hole in the bottom of the box.
I wish everyone a Happy Healthy Holiday Season.