Dear Parents,

 

November has been a great month, the students have really focused on their work..

 

The first week our spelling lesson focused on words with sh, ch, th and wh. We read about John Muir and wrote about nature in social studies. The students loved learning about boxing in our Olympics research lesson. In reading class, we began our long term reading project and started Animal Farm by George Orwell. In journal writing, we revisited the first story the students wrote, applied the things we have learned since, and added extra detail.

 

In the second week our spelling lesson focused on words that ended with nd, ng, nk, nt, mp. We read about natural resources and discussed how we can reuse and recycle things in social studies. The students enjoyed learning about Taekwondo in our Olympics research lesson. In reading class, we learned the reading skill of story structure which we used to build our own stories in our journals.

 

In week three, our spelling lesson focused on words that ended with k and ck. We began talking about weather and seasons in social studies. In our Olympics research lesson looked at gymnastics. In reading class, we compared a non-fiction story with the fictional story we read last week. The students then wrote about something they have cared for in their journals.

 

In week four, in Science class, we went on an outing to the park, investigating the different animals and plants. We had a review in our spelling lesson. We continued discussing weather and seasons in social studies. In our Olympics research lesson looked at Cycling. In reading class, we read about animals, then we wrote about our favorite animals in our journals.

 

I have chosen both a non-fiction and fictional writing piece this month. The non-fiction story was called “Something I have Cared for” which really made the children convey emotion in their writing. The fictional story uses the skill of “story structure” where the students used their imagination to create characters, settings and a plot.

 

I look forward to the festivities in December!

 

Sincerely,

 

Paul F. Hiett