12/1 - report cards go home
12/7 - Barnes & Noble Night
12/8 - Happy Belated Birthday MT Cookie Decoration
12/20 - ANTS classroom visit from 9:30 - 10:30
12/25-1/2 - Winter Break
Kindness Club and Gratitude Journal
At Arrowhead, we our mission is to create in each child character, the understanding of our greater community, and life long-learners. The first part of the year, we focused on building our classroom community and establishing my expectations for each student as a learner. As we begin the second trimester, I will continue to focus on giving each child a rigorous education. Additionally, I will make sure each student has the opportunity to develop their skills as a leader in order to positively impact our community. Students will take 5 minutes to journal in their gratitude notebook regarding what they are grateful for and how they have been generous. It has been shown that people who practice the art of reflecting on their gratitude tend to live a richer life. The second opportunity students will have is the "Kindness Club." Every Monday, students will have the chance to come in during their lunch and lunch recess to work on how we can spread kindness in our community. The first project will focus on the simple act of spreading words of wisdom in our school. The Kindness Club is not a requirement of students, this is simply a choice students make to be a leader of kindness. Once students begin a project, I do want them to follow through with the project by attending each Monday. If a student wants to choose the months they attend "Kindness Club," I will encourage this as well. The purpose of this is to give students to opportunity to gain leadership skills and use these skills to make our world a better place.
This week's essential question is: What can animals teach us? Students will analyze this question as we review lyric poems, folktales, expository texts, and non-fiction narratives. This is also SHARK WEEK as we will research a shark's habitat, its hunting habits, as well as threats to a shark. Students will use the skills they acquire during the shark inquiry to help them in researching another animal as a means to write an expository text. Students will begin their own research next week.
We continue learning about factors and multiples this week as we will wrap up our GoMath chapter 5. The students will review factors and multiples before they learn about the Sieve of Eratosthenes as a way to understand prime and composite numbers. If students want to gain of glimpse of this sieve, they can click on this link to see what we will be learning in math Tuesday.
We will finish our evaluation of the vehicle restraint models this week as well as explain the results of our testing. Students will then get an opportunity to share their results as well as review the types of energy for the test next week. Our next unit will cover energy conversions. Students will look at how energy is converted from fossil fuels to electricity to light energy and so on.
1. Students need to read their independent reading book. After reading, they are to discuss the main idea of what they read as well as the theme.
Main Idea = what the text was about
Theme = the lesson or message the author intended for the reader to understand
2. Students are to explain the Sieve of Eratosthenes and how it is used to determine prime and composite numbers from 1 to 100.
I look forward to all of the learning adventures our class gets to take this week!