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During the week of 12/10-12/14


Topic 6: Connecting Area to Multiplication and Addition. Expected lessons- 6.5, 6.6, 6.7. Assessment by the end of the week.


Reader’s Workshop-Reading Mysteries has concluded. Begin a new nonfiction reading unit- “Reading to Learn.” Expected lessons: “Previewing Nonfiction,” “Looking for the Structure,” and “Grasping Main Ideas.”


Writers Workshop-Crafting True Stories.  Working on Final true stories for the unit.

Social Studies/Science

New Social Studies Unit: Maps and Mapping- begin reading about maps.

New Science Unit: Force and Motion-The Scientific Process and Attention to Accuracy


Time for Kids packet due 12/17.

Dear Families,

I realized that I missed our newsletter for last week. I apologize for that. Last week was a good week. Students completed an assessment on Topic 5 and began Unit 6 in Math: Connecting Area to Multiplication and Addition. They worked through the first 4 lessons. This unit focuses on using multiplication to determine the area of shapes. The students also completed their Mystery Reading unit. We are beginning a new reading unit this week in nonfiction. In this unit, students will review and learn about the ways fiction and nonfiction are different, and how to adapt to the new way of reading. In writing, we will be taking the next two or so weeks helping students finish their last Narrative Fiction writing piece. In science and social studies last week, we started two new units. The social studies unit is on maps and mapping. This unit will teach students how to make and read maps, the different types of maps, and some regional geography. Our science unit is on Force and Motion. Last week students learned that all force is either a push or pull. This week they will learn about the Scientific Method and how to pay closer attention while making observations.

There will be homework this week, a “Time for Kids.” However, I will not be sending home homework next week, or for the break. I will also set aside Friday afternoon for a holiday party. I plan to show the movie, “The Muppets Christmas Carol,” which is rated G. I also plan to have popcorn and drinks for the movie, and probably a sweet treat. The class has also earned a “Kindness Reward.” We keep track of kind deeds, and the students reached their first goal. The class chose to have a pajama day, so Friday, 12/21 will also be a pajama day!

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact me.

Have a wonderful week. Sincerely, Mrs. Perelli


Homework Expectation:
1.  Reading at home, at least 5 days a week- 30 minutes at a time. Students are expected to fill out their reading log and return it to school when both sides are full, for a blank sheet.
2. Time for Kids, due 12/17.

Finding Just Right Books

1. Choose a book based on interest- read the back.
2. Do the "5 finger test" which means you read a random page in the book, (preferably a whole page) and count how many times you either come across a word you don't know, or can't pronounce. If you have only 2 or 3 fingers up, great. If you have 4 or more- too hard. If you have 2 or less, too easy.
3. Listen to the way the book sounds either out loud or in your head- are you stumbling, stuttering, stopping and starting, or are you reading smoothly, hear the characters voices, understanding what is going on.
4. Check the range or level. It should be in your range. If it is in your range, #2 and #3 will probably back it up.
5. Read the first chapter to see if you still like it, and are still reading it well.

Check out books your are unsure of, either through me or through these websites:

Scholastic Book Wizard (http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/)
 Lexile Framework for Reading (https://lexile.com/)
 Accelerated Reader (http://www.arbookfind.com/)

You  may need to cut and paste the web addresses into your search window. 

Important Reminder

Scholastic Book Clubs

Click here for Scholastic Books

Books can be ordered at any time through the web-site. I will be sending another flyer home some time in November. 

Our Class code is GVL2R

And for a great resource try:

Thank you!

Webster Elementary School Calendar

Classroom Schedule

Daily Schedule
8:45- Arrival
9:00-9:45- Math Block  part 1
9:50-10:30- Special (Mon-Lib, Tue-Lang, Wed-Gym, Thur-Music, Fri-Art)
10:45-11:00- Read Aloud
11:00-Math Block part 2 & Computers
11:55-12:55 Recess and Lunch
1:00-2:10- Reader's Workshop
2:00-3:10-Writer's Workshop
3:10-3:20- Clean-up
3:25- Dismissal
Alternative schedule on Fridays where Science/Social Studies will be incorporated in a 90-minute block.

Important Reminders:
    A snack & drink every day and/or money for milk or juice.
    Bring your lunch, or money for lunch every day.
    Bring your homework folder every day.
    Wear sneakers for Gym class every Wednesday.
    Bring Library books to school every Monday.