November Class Newsletter
Sign-up to Help during fall festival:
Fall Festival is this month! Our class could really use some parent volunteers to help man our booth. Your job would be to: 1) tell students when they may enter the inflatable obstacle course 2) watch that children do not stop half way through. To help organize the sign-up process, I am using VolunteerSpot again. Please click the link below to learn more and sign up.
Fall Festival Class Basket
Fall Festival is around the corner and this year each class will be providing a themed basket for a silent auction. The proceeds from the silent auction will go directly back to the classroom.
Our class voted and the students decided they would like to create a "Movie Night" Basket. We are still accepting donations for our basket. If you are willing or able to contribute anything movie themed to the class basket please let me know or just have your student bring it in. Our basket will need to be completed by November 20th.
Ideas for Donations:
Various boxes of candy and cookies
Soda in bottles
DVDs (for all age ranges – we need as many as we can get)
Faux film reel to be filled with
Film scene toy
Mini Oscar Award
Movie passes to various movie theaters
Mini Hollywood Sign
Mini red carpet
Packs of small tissues
Mini snow cone/slushy maker
Other related movie items
What's Happening in the classroom:
November begins with students creating their own Hero's Journey Narratives based on "The Key Elements of Mythology" and "The Hero's Journey" texts we read throughout the first Module. Students have been following the writing process and are currently writing and illustrating their stories into individual books to be published by Studentreasures.
November also brings the beginnings of Module 2 in Language Arts as well as Unit 2 of Math. Students will begin a unit of study on "Rules to Live By" through reading the book Bud, Not Buddy about a 10 year old orphan named Bud living in the Great Depression. The novel will be supplemented with Steve Jobs' 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, President Barak Obama's Back-to-School Speech, the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling, and informational research texts. Through these texts, students will discuss how people formulate and use "rules" to improve their lives and how people communicate these "rules" to others. Additionally, students will be focusing on the use of figurative language and word choice throughout this unit.
In math, students have progressed from thinking and working with relating pieces to one another (ratios, fractions, decimals and percents), and are now focusing on the division of fractions by fractions. Throughout this unit students will gain a strong mathematic vocabulary as they create their own measurement and partitive division problems, focus on finding multiple methods and models to solve division problems as well as learn and explain why multiplicative inverses and the use of the reciprocal work as a means of solving for a quotient. Moreover students will relate the division of fractions by fractions to that of decimals and percents.
Students completed their work on Mesopotamia and have moved into a unit on the Earth's atmosphere and structure of the lakes, rivers and oceans. Students will be moving forward into a unit on Egypt in Social Studies. As a class we will be focusing our learning through project based learning.
Important Upcoming Events:
1 Middle School Dance 6-8PM
5 Food Drive Begins
8 WinCon Meeting 3:15PM
11 No School
12 Restaurant Night: Buffalo Wild Wings
15 Jeans Day
18 Muffins for Mummies 2:30 - 4:00PM
18-22 Book Fair
19 PTA Meeting 5-6PM
20 Movie Basket Donations Due
22 Fall Festival 5-8PM
26 Candle/Cookie Dough Delivered
27 Early Release Day (12:30)
28-29 No School (Thanksgiving)
Your Student is being published!
Your student has been working very hard on their Hero's Journey Narrative. They have been writing and illustrating their unique stories to be published in a hardbound book. In order to receive a copy of your student's story, you must order one! Order forms have been sent home twice throughout the school year already. A last, and final round of order forms will be sent out early this month. If another order form is needed, please e-mail Miss Schiff before Friday, November 22.
CAPP parent partnership:
There are still many ways for you to help partner with your student's learning and help with the CAPP classroom. Here are a few items we need parents to help with!
1. Parents to work with Mrs. Bowers writing grants to help fund activities and projects in the CAPP classrooms
If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Bowers at:
2. Help creating our class bulletin boards throughout the year based on what we have been learning in class
3 . We have 3 large windows in our classroom that look out onto the red brick wall of the gym. Generally the blinds are kept down so our class is not distracted by the other students walking in the breezeway, and because the windows don't let in very much natural light. I would like to create panoramic scenes of different places around the world that we learn about in our Social Studies curriculum. This way students actually feel they are looking out onto ancient China or ancient Egypt etc. Also, they could be made to look as though the viewer is looking through a microscope, so students see the
differences between animal and plant cells etc.
5. There are some quotes I would like to have up in the classroom both from our curriculum as well as important historical figures (about 1/2 poster size or could be longer, but the width of single sheet of paper).
If you are able to help with any of these projects, please just e-mail me and let me know!