MMC Homework Guide
Week of December 2, 2013
***We will be working on stories of fiction and non fiction over the next few weeks as we get ready to prepare for making animation and shadow puppet theater. The students will learn about the elements of a good story. We will also incorporate the genres of legends, tall tales, and fairy tales. The kids will present their products to each other in three weeks at our holiday party.
***Our Culture Fair went beautifully before the Thanksgiving break! The students were dressed in Greek and Malian attire and presented information that they had researched. They also demonstrated a Malian drum circle and displayed various art forms such as: amphoras, shields, plates, Greek drama masks, and our paper mache’ Greek Goddess. They hand-made a dessert from Greece and a dessert from Mali. I was throughly impressed with their work. Now, we will work on building a Roman aqueduct. We began on the Wednesday before break and determined that it wasn’t as easy as it looked. We will regroup this week and try to problem-solve a new approach.
***Our students will have the opportunity to exchange a gift with a classmate on the last Friday of this month. Boys will buy a gift for a boy and girls will buy a gift to a girl. The maximum amount of the gift should be $5.00. Just list “T A Boy” on the gift tag and who the present is from. We will have a tree in our room where we place the gifts. It is not mandatory to participate.
Spelling: I would like all of the spelling groups to study the same list this week, (List C-11 Months and Days). For some of the children this will be difficult. Please study with your child each night. Knowing how to spell the months and days is just one of the those essential life skills because these words are used so often.
***You may also practice these words on www.spellingcity.com. Use the games and activities at your parent’s discretion. Please make sure you choose the correct word list.
Math: Solve the multiplication problems and color code them neatly on the two multiplication holiday pictures. Return them on Friday for us to check and display. Keep practicing your multiplication facts at home to 12 x 12. Soon, we will take away the multiplication chart at school and you will be expected to know your basic facts. When you finish all other homework, take time each evening to practice. You can use the multiplication fact cards that were sent home before break, make a chart like the one we use at school, or use any math computer program to practice including Study Island. Use the password and user name you use at school to access the site.
Reading/Science/Social Studies: To learn about a community tradition that is different than ours and to analyze a chart, read the nonfiction article, “Christmas in Hawaii”.
Language- Read and analyze the poem, “What Kitten Sees”. Answer the questions and take the challenge at the bottom of the page. We will check your papers and share aloud your description of what the cat would see on Friday.
Reading- The students should use the Book Bingo sheet for November and December handed out two weeks ago. This time, the students have free choice over the books they read for the the rest of the month. There is no link to a page for this chart. If you need an extra copy, please email me. Students who complete the sheet will be invited to a special Pajama Party with popcorn and a movie. The movie is “The Page Master”. This is a movie that expresses the importance of reading by taking the lead character through a variety of book genres.
Writing- Use the candy cane paper to create a personal narrative about one of your family’s traditions at this time of year. Maybe it’s something you do as a family to celebrate. Maybe it’s a special meal. It can be any activity that you and your family do together at this time of year. We will share them orally on Friday and post them by our tree as a decoration.
If you have questions about the homework, feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
With Highest Respect,
Randy L. Morgan