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What's up for December

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WHAT'S UP FOR DECEMBER?


Language Arts –
This month, we will continue our unit of study for non-fiction texts with a focus on informational books.  Students are learning about text features and how to use them to enhance their comprehension of non-fiction topics.  During this time, you should encourage your child to explore non-fiction texts, such as magazines, newspapers and books at home. Be sure to ask "What is the MAIN IDEA SENTENCE?" and "What are the supporting details for that?" Please make sure your child completes the nightly reading assignment for his or her Just Right book and fills out the reading log as part of his or her homework.

In Writing Workshop, the students are finishing up our study of persuasive essays. We will soon begin focusing on informational writing.  We will also be doing some mini-lessons on grammar and punctuation.


Math –
We have finished studying the concepts underlying multiplication. Now we are beginning the study of multiplication facts, including the identification of patterns. Word problem attack skills and math fact recall continue to be important areas for us.  Be sure to practice each night using XtraMath for reinforcing fact recall.


Social Studies –
We will soon begin to explore the concepts of Economics such as ‘supply and demand’ as well as ‘needs and wants’.  Students will continue to work with interactive notebooks using the skills of notetaking and making meaning of the content area.


Science –
We have finished our study of bones and are now starting to learn about joints and the muscle system towards the end of the month.  Students will continue to work with interactive notebooks using the skills of notetaking and making meaning of the content area.


Computers –
Cross-curricular computer activities employing educational websites are being done in the lab to support classroom learning in Science and Social Studies.  We will continue to practice keyboarding and word processing skills using MicrosoftWord and the Type to Learn program. At home, Typing Web continues to be required homework nightly.