Weekly Learning

What are Up To?

Nov. 12th-16th

What Are We Learning?


The information below is for the next two weeks.


ing and ed-/id/ /d/ /t/


These are sample words that may be on your student's test. The most important thing to do is to have students practice sounding out their spelling words.

Spelling Practice Words for test

ask asked asking

bat batted batting

grab grabbed grabbing

Memory Words

there from be

to we or

Comprehension Strategy

Cause and Effect

Ways to Help at Home:

As you read at home with your child be sure to ask them questions. Here are a few questions to use as you are reading.

  • Who are the characters in the story?
  • Who is the most important character in the story? How do you know?
  • What happened after ___________________?
  • What happened before _________________?
  • Tell me what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
  • How did the character feel when __________ happened?
  • Which words in the story help you know how the character is feeling?
  • How would you feel if __________ happened to you?
  • Can you make any connections to the characters in the story?
  • How did this story make you feel? Why?
  • What was the main idea of the story?
  • What are some key details that support the main idea in the story?
  • Was there a problem in the story? What was a problem in the story?
      • How did the character try to solve the problem? Did it work? Why or why not?
      • How would you have solved the problem?
  • Did you enjoy the story? Why or why not?
  • Would you recommend this story to a friend? Why or why not?


Students will continue to use the strategy Doubles and Doubles plus 1

Project: Science or Social Studies Aligned

Project Summary:

Students investigate the characteristics that animals have that help them survive. Despite these characteristics, animals continue to be added to the endangered species list. Students will explore different animals and the causes of extinction/endangerment. Students will raise awareness through Endangered Animal Campaigns within our school community and gather funds to help protect them.

Driving Question for our next project:

How can we raise awareness about endangered animals?

Standards focused on:

Life Science

Offspring have characteristics that are similar to but not exactly like their parents’ characteristics

An organism is a living thing that has physical characteristics to help it survive

Endangered animals

Financial Literacy

Identify short term financial goals

Informational Text- Writing

Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.

This week for our project we are....

learning the characteristics of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and insects

also writing facts about each animal group.

Weekly Announcements


Class Code is: TZ23T

username is: brigitte_anderson-bucher@dpsk12.org


Homework menu and reading log. This homework will be sent home on Mondays and due Nov. 16th. Students will have 2 weeks to complete their homework. If you have any questions please send me an email.


We are excited to launch our 2018/2019 Dollar-a-Day campaign! With your support we hope to meet our goal of $20,000, all of which goes to fund grants submitted by our teachers. I we meet our goal this fall we are planning to skip the mid-year fundraiser. By the way, have you noticed we don't ask your kids to walk the neighborhood selling wrapping paper and butter braids? That is possible because of this initiative! Help us get it done!

We ask our families to consider contributing $1 per each school day of the year (or $180) per student. Of course we welcome any level of support as well as donations from extended family, friends, neighbors, etc. It's an easy way to support our great school! There are two ways to donate. Simply click here to make a contribution online or set up a recurring payment. You can also drop off a check at school. There will be a drop off table set up after school each day this week or you can drop off checks in your child's classroom or in the main office.

If you have any questions please email PTO President Suzy Stone (suzystone2002@yahoo.com) or PTO Fundraising Chair Kim Miller (kmiller80237@gmail.com). Thank you in advance for your support!

Important Dates


12-16th Book Fair

14th Thanksgiving Lunch

14th Crazy Hair day (please donate a can of food for Jewish Family Services Food Bank)

15th K-2 awards ceremony

19th-23rd Thanksgiving Break

30th Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge field trip