Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. - Mary Ellen Chase



Dear Families--

The countdown has started (actually, it started right after Thanksgiving. . .), and with the holidays right around the corner, focus on anything academic is becoming increasingly difficult.  The kids are having trouble with it, too.  

This week there's a lot going on, and academic expectations reflect our busy schedule.  Although we will provide additional quiet study time to complete independent assignments, some additional time at home may be required.  It might be good to help your student prioritize study time at home.  Remember end-of-month expectations. 

ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE WEEK OF
DECEMBER 10--14 

SPELLING, GRADE 6
(Remember--5 Task Cards due on Friday)
Monday:  worksheet pages 83--86. Due Tuesday.

Tuesday:  worksheet pages 87--90. Due Wednesday.
Wednesday:  worksheet pages 91--95. Due Thursday.
Thursday:  worksheet pages 96--98. Due Friday.
Friday:  Test -- 5 task cards also due.   


LANGUAGE ARTS, GRADES 5 & 6

Monday: Finish Persuasive Writing piece
Tuesday:  Share Persuasive Writing
Wednesday:  Holiday Carol rewrite *
Thursday: Continue Holiday Carol rewrite
Friday: Finish Holiday Carol rewrite

* Imitating rhythm and rhyme patterns of familiar carols to produce original poetry. You can find a  helpful website for lyrics to popular songs and carols here or here.

SOCIAL STUDIES. GRADES 5 & 6
("Mystery of the Maya" Reading Comprehension/ Constructed Response handouts due Friday.)
Monday (Mrs. M.) and Tuesday (Mrs. D.): Paint Sumerian Carts
Wednesday (Mrs. M.) and Thursday (Mrs. D.): Finish painting Sumerian Carts to put on display
Friday:  "Mystery of the Maya" due today.

READING. MRS. M'S TWO GROUPS:
Thursday: Your final grade will be a book review that you can do online and print off.  Go here and scroll down to the bottom of the page.  Click on the link to download a document that you can use to make writing your book review a lot simpler. (Read between the boxes--you'll find information that is part of the review!)  REMEMBER:  ELABORATE, ELABORATE, ELABORATE!

ALSO -- DUE DECEMBER 20th:
  • Independent Book Projects (with accompanying Story Maps) 
  • Writers' Notebooks -- at least 4 entries required.

I hope to see you all on Wednesday evening at 6:30 for Addison's annual Holiday Concert! 

Be well--
Teri


Kaelen and Tianna have a birthday on Saturday, December 15th.  
Have a wonderful day, guys!


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