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(Updated: Monday, December 8th, 2014)
Happy December!  We are looking forward to a fabulously fun two weeks with our students before Winter Break.
In Math three days a week we will split into 3 groups.  Mrs. H. has a group and I will have two groups.  On Tuesday's, which is our Futura day, we will continue with whole group Hands-on-equations lessons. On Wednesday's we will be doing a whole group review/reinforce lesson focusing on multi-step word problems along with some logic work as well.  Miss Hill will be planning and implementing these plans while she is here.
In Language Arts last week we started something new as an experiment.  A teacher friend of mine told me about this cool option that we have through Reading A-Z.  We has a discussion group reading in groups of four based on one central driving question.  Each person in the group read a different article based on this topic.  They seemed to have really enjoyed doing this.  It's going to be a great way to supplement our reading program. We will have spelling again this week.  I'm going to be slipping in many mini-lessons on basic grammar structure as well as all kinds of editing practice.
In Social Studies we have split the class into two groups.  Mrs. Hawthorne has perfected the skills needed for our students to ace their Virginia Studies SOL, so she's running that side of things.  I'm working with the fifth graders on their social studies.  We are studying the regions of the U.S.  We are a super team and we plan together.  
In Science we have now split into two groups as well.  In fourth grade they're working on their weather unit.  In fifth grade we finishined up plate tectonics with a fun project and now we're off an running with the rock cycle.
I'm looking forward to "pushing" my students out of their comfort zone.  I'm incredibly excited about a class that I took this summer that emphasizes STEAM.  We will trying to devote a few times a month where we focus on lessons of this nature.  We've already a few of these challenges.  Ask your child about about them.  I'm working on getting pictures loaded.  I'm hoping to create a separate STEM/STEAM page to load all the pictures on.  
Keep your eyes peeled for Wednesday Folders and any important information that comes home. We are also using the Red Folders as daily communication back and forth.  There may be some days that they don't come home as there isn't anything to put in them.
Continue to encourage your child to read every night for at least 20 minutes.  
 Here are some dates to put on your calendar:  
Tuesday, December 16th, 2014: Potluck Dinner and Winter Concert by 4th/5th Grade
Friday, December 19th, 2014: Breakfast with Santa & Pajama Day 
Always DO your BEST!
Ask your child about this one: HOPE (each letter stands for something!)
 There is no failure, only delays on the road to success!
Enthusiasm Makes A Difference!
IN OUR CLASS: FAILURE IS ALWAYS AN OPTION!  (Have your child explain this)
Here's to beautiful Snow-filled Days!
Mrs. J. & Mrs. H.
Last Modified on December 8, 2014