Elizabeth’s summary

Report from Elizabeth

15 August

1st and 2nd Grade Writing:

This week, students practiced writing statements and questions, using proper punctuation.

3rd Grade Social Studies:

Students began a unit on maps, learning that maps can display different types of information. They learned about some of the parts of a map, such as the title, the key, and icons. Students really enjoyed looking at different maps of the United States, and we had an interesting conversation about elevation.

4th and 5th Grade Social Studies:

This year students will continue to learn American history. This week, students began reviewing the immediate aftermath of the American Revolution. They were excited to set up their notebooks.

Middle School Social Studies:

This year, middle school students will learn about ancient civilizations. On Friday, we talked about the differences in the types of evidence that anthropologists, archaeologists, and historians use and how that evidence influences the “story” that they tell about ancient people. Students set up the notebooks that they will use this year.

English (all 3rd– 8th):

In their English classes, students practiced introducing themselves and their peers to others. Each student took a spelling test to help determine the correct level for his or her spelling work this year. Students also wrote about a real or imagined adventure or misadventure.

22 August

Social Studies—3rd Grade: 

This week, students continued to learn about reading maps, especially lines of latitude and longitude. Students practiced writing coordinates for locations on a map. They worked with a partner to create a “scavenger hunt” for another set of partners using coordinates. On Friday, students began looking for the locations using the coordinate clues.

Social Studies—4th and 5th Grades: 

Students continued to review the problems with government under the Articles of Confederation, focusing especially on the areas of taxes, trade, and currency.

Additionally, students in 5th grade began learning about the modern U.S. government, starting with the House of Representatives. Students learned about what it means to represent others and about some of the responsibilities of being a Congressional representative.

Social Studies—6th -8th Grades:

This week, students watched and took notes on the first episode in Nova’s Becoming Human series, learning about the important breakthrough of walking upright (with Sahelanthropus tchadensis) and about bigger brain size (with Homo habilis). The film posited that human evolution was driven by climate change, citing evidence from several different sciences. We had good conversation about the topic.

Additionally, students began learning about the modern U.S. government, starting with the House of Representatives. Students learned that representation is determined by population and were interested in the map of House seats, which was revised to reflect the 2020 census data. Students had good questions about the day-to-day operations of the House.

English—3rd and 4th Grades: 

Each student received his or her spelling words for the week, based on last week’s assessment. (Students will copy their new lists each Monday and have their tests each Friday.) They took some time to work on their spelling activities during class. They received their first assigned books, and several groups answered written questions about their first reading assignments. Additionally, students worked on the writing prompt from last week: to tell about an adventure or a misadventure, real or imagined. They also learned about subjects and predicates and completed a short activity to review.

·         Students reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis should read chapters 1-4 by Tuesday.

·         Students reading Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, by Bruce Coville should read chapters 2-5 by Thursday.

·         Students reading Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate should read to page 50 by Thursday. If students finish this early, they should reread this portion.

English 5th – 8th Grades: 

Each student received his or her spelling words for the week, based on last week’s assessment. (Students will copy their new lists each Monday and have their tests each Friday.) They took some time to work on their spelling activities during class. They received their first assigned books, and some groups answered written questions about the first reading assignment. Additionally, students worked on the writing prompt from last week: to tell about an adventure or a misadventure, real or imagined. They also learned about subjects and predicates and completed a short activity to review.

·         Students reading Amos Fortune, Free Man, by Elizabeth Yates should read to page 80 by Tuesday.

·         Students reading Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis should read to page 77 by Monday.

·         Students who were reading Habibi, by Naomi Shihab Nye will receive a new book in the upcoming week.

Music:

There will be two types of music instruction this year. On Monday or Wednesday, students will learn how to read music. On Friday, students will learn and practice singing during class. Because of COVID-19, students will sing outdoors, masks on, sitting at least six feet apart.

On Monday, students participated in a music survey, talking about the kinds of music they liked and whether they played an instrument.

On Wednesday, students reviewed note names in the treble clef. Students had written homework to complete. It will be due Wednesday.

On Friday, students in 5th-8th grades sang together for the first time in a very long time.

P.E.: 

Students enjoyed playing kickball in P.E.

1st and 2nd Grade Writing:

This week, students continued to learn about or review simple statements and questions. They completed several worksheets for practice and wrote down some jokes that they knew. This was great fun! Students also completed “squiggle” drawings and wrote about what they had drawn.

29 August

Volunteer Opportunity: Do you have an interesting job? Would you like to talk to a small group of students (1-3 kids) about what you do? Students in grades 3-8 will begin working on a writing project about careers soon, and they would love to interview you to find out more about your job. Ms. Elizabeth will coordinate the interviews on Zoom for a time that works for you. An interview should take 10-20 minutes. Please contact Ms. Elizabeth this week if you can help.

Social Studies—3rd Grade: 

This week, as they continued to learn about reading maps, students finished their map “scavenger hunt,” using coordinate clues written by other students. They began drawing a map of New Mexico, adding Las Cruces, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, as well as the Rio Grande. Students will continue to work on this project next week.

Social Studies—4th and 5th Grades: 

Students learned about the Constitutional Convention this week. When we discussed the Founding Fathers’ belief that government must arise from the consent of the people, I mentioned the Taliban in Afghanistan as an example of government that does not draw its authority from the people. While I intended this example to show a contrast, students were eager to talk about what is happening in Afghanistan. Most students were aware of at least some of the news and asked very good questions about the U.S. presence in Afghanistan and the reasons for the withdrawal of the troops. Many students read I Am Malala, by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai a few years ago, so they knew something about the restrictions that the Taliban are likely to reimpose on women and girls. Topics such as women’s and girls’ rights, as well as current events, will probably come up during classes in the future. I hope that these conversations can continue at home as well, as students care very much about the world they live in.

Additionally, students in 5th grade continued to learn about the House of Representatives.

Social Studies—6th -8th Grade: 

This week, students continued to watch Nova’s Becoming Human series. The second episode detailed the development of the modern brain and the social behaviors that might have gone along with it. It discussed the fossil evidence for the spread of Homo erectus.

Additionally, students continued to learn about the House of Representatives.

English—3rd and 4th Grades:

Each student received new spelling words for the week, worked on their spelling activities, and took a spelling test on Friday. They answered written questions about their assigned books and met with their discussion groups to talk about their reading. Additionally, students wrote about their dream houses (think trampoline room or marshmallow-tasting room) and completed a short activity about nouns.

·         Students reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis should read chapters 5-9 by Tuesday.

·         Students reading Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, by Bruce Coville should read chapters 6-9 by Thursday.

·         Students reading Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate should read to page 127 by Thursday. If students finish this early, they should reread this portion.

English 5th -8th Grades:

 Each student received new spelling words for the week, worked on their spelling activities, and took a spelling test on Friday. They answered written questions about their assigned books and met with their discussion groups to talk about their reading. Additionally, students wrote about their dream houses (think trampoline room or marshmallow-tasting room).

·         Students reading Amos Fortune, Free Man, by Elizabeth Yates should read to page 145 by Tuesday.

·         Students reading Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis should read to page 169 by Tuesday.

·         Students reading Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata should finish the book this week.

Music:

On Monday, students began learning about the parts of a music staff.

On Wednesday, students reviewed note names in the bass clef. Their written homework is due Wednesday.

On Friday, students in 3rd and 4th grade sang outside together. Many students used sheet music for the first time.

P.E.:

Students enjoyed playing kickball in P.E.

1st and 2nd Grade Writing:

This week, students continued to practice writing statements and questions. They imagined that a package mysteriously showed up at their houses and listed some questions about their mystery boxes before revealing what was inside, such as a “whole bunch of cats” or a new toy. They also listened to a book about the life of Amelia Earhart, listing questions that they had and any answers that they heard or read. On Friday, they wrote squiggle stories.

5 September

Social Studies—3rd Grade: 

This week, students completed their maps of New Mexico, adding major rivers, interstates, and at least five other locations. Students read about different types of maps and their purposes.

Social Studies—4th and 5th Grade: 

Students learned about the disagreements among delegates at the Constitutional Convention, some of which were resolved by compromise. Students learned that the issue of slavery was quite contested at the Convention because of economic implications, not because of the morality of the practice.

Social Studies—6th -8th Grade: 

This week, students finished watching Nova’s Becoming Human series. We discussed strategies for reviewing and reorganizing the notes that students took during the film. Students began mapping the locations from the video, including information about the different hominid species and finds in the key.

English—3rd and 4th Grade: 

Each student received new spelling words for the week, worked on their spelling activities, and took a spelling test on Friday. They answered written questions about their assigned books, and most groups met with their peers to talk about their reading.

Students began working on their career research projects. They made a list of jobs or careers that they thought were interesting. Students also watched a video of career interviews conducted by kids. This video exposed students to careers that they might not have thought about before, and it helped them to begin generating a list of questions for the interviews they’ll be conducting later this month.

For next week,

·         Students reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis should read chapters 11, 12, and 13 by Tuesday.

·         Students reading Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, by Bruce Coville should finish the book by Thursday.

·         Students reading Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate should read to page 188 by Thursday. If students finish this early, they should reread this portion.

English, 5th – 8th Grades: 

Each student received new spelling words for the week, worked on their spelling activities, and took a spelling test on Friday. They answered written questions about their assigned books and met with their discussion groups to talk about their reading.

Students began working on their career research projects. They made a list of jobs or careers that they thought were interesting. Students also watched a video of career interviews conducted by kids. This video exposed students to careers that they might not have thought about before, and it helped them to begin generating a list of questions for the interviews they’ll be conducting later this month.

For next week,

·         Students reading Amos Fortune, Free Man, by Elizabeth Yates should finish the book by Tuesday.

·         Students reading Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis should read to page 250 by Tuesday.

·         Students who were reading Kira-Kira, by Cynthia Kadohata will receive a new book in the upcoming week.

Music: 

On Monday, students enjoyed some extra P.E. time rather than music.

On Wednesday, students began learning about sharps and flats. Their written homework is due Wednesday.

On Friday, students in 5th-8th-grades sang outside together, with some students using sheet music for the first time. We are trying to figure out choral placements that are suitable for each student.

P.E.: 

Students enjoyed playing kickball in P.E.

Writing, 1st and 2nd Grades:

This week, students practiced writing sentences with exclamation marks and determined what type of end punctuation sentences needed. Students also learned about a simple subject and predicate sentence structure. They wrote fill-in-the-blank sentences. On Friday, students wrote silly fill-in-the-blank sentences that were based on sound, such as “Silly Sally slept soundly.”

12 September

Volunteer Opportunity: Do you have an interesting job? Would you like to talk to a small group of students (1-3 kids) about what you do? Students in grades 3-8 will begin working on a writing project about careers soon, and they would love to interview you to find out more about your job. Ms. Elizabeth will coordinate the interviews on Zoom for a time that works for you. An interview should take 10-20 minutes. Please contact Ms. Elizabeth as soon as possible if you can help; we still need a few people to volunteer.

Social Studies, 3rd Grade: 

This week, students began discovering the Southwestern states, learning that states within a region share similar characteristics, such as terrain, climate, and natural resources.  The people in each region often share similarities, such as language and culture and way of living. Students chose one element to map across the region, such as temperature, land use, or second language.

Social Studies, 4th and 5th Grades: 

Students began learning about the branches of government as they were set up in 1787. We discussed the legislative and executive branches.

Social Studies, 6th – 8th Grades: 

Students watched two short films by National Geographic this week, learning about the cave art made by Homo sapiens between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago. Students read an entry in the Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. They talked about the information that should be included in a summary of the article. (They’ll write a summary together next week.)

English, 3rd and 4th Grades: 

Each student received new spelling words for the week, worked on their spelling activities, and took a spelling test on Friday. They answered written questions about their assigned books and met with their peers to talk about their reading.

Students did not have much time to work on their career research and writing projects this week, as it was a shorter week. Next week, students will continue to write interview questions and will browse through teacher-selected resources to explore different careers. As many of these websites have videos included, I have asked that students who have earbuds or headphones at home bring them to school for the next two weeks. Please don’t send anything expensive or complicated. Each student can store his or her earbuds or headphones in a plastic bag or Tupperware that is labeled with his or her name.

For next week,

·         Students reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis, should finish the book by Wednesday.

·         Students reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg, should read chapters 1 and 2 by Wednesday.

·         Students reading Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate, should finish the book by Wednesday.

Please remind your student to complete his or her assigned reading by the scheduled day. Students should also study their spelling words at home and complete any unfinished spelling activities at home.

English, 5th -8th Grade: 

Each student received new spelling words for the week, worked on their spelling activities, and took a spelling test on Friday. They answered written questions about their assigned books and met with their discussion groups to talk about their reading.

Students did not have much time to work on their career research and writing projects this week, as it was a shorter week. Next week, students will continue to write interview questions and will browse through teacher-selected resources to explore different careers. As many of these websites have videos included, I have asked that students who have earbuds or headphones at home bring them to school for the next two weeks. Please don’t send anything expensive or complicated. Each student can store his or her earbuds or headphones in a plastic bag or Tupperware that is labeled with his or her name.

For next week,

·         Students who finished Amos Fortune, Free Man, by Elizabeth Yates, will receive a new book next week.

·         Students reading Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis, should finish the book by Tuesday.

·         Students who were reading Dear Martin,, by Nic Stone, will receive a new book in the upcoming week.

Music:

On Wednesday, students continued to practice reading and writing sharps and flats. Their written homework is due next Wednesday.

On Friday, students in 3rd and 4th grades sang outside together. Instruction focused on breathing properly through a line of music.

P.E.: 

Students continued to enjoy playing kickball in P.E.

Writing, 1st and 2nd Grades:

This week, students practiced brainstorming describing words and adding them to their sentences.

19 September

Social Studies—3rd Grade: 

This week, students finished their maps of the Southwestern states. These maps focused on one element across the region, such as temperature, land use, or second language. Students learned a bit about the Rocky Mountain states, mapping the state capitals and major rivers.

Social Studies—4th and 5th Grade: 

This week, students learned about the judicial branch of government and reviewed some of the important checks and balances of the U.S. government. Students began learning about the fight for ratification.

The 5th-grade students also learned about the Speaker of the House, as they continued to learn about the House of Representatives.

Social Studies—6th – 8th Grade: 

Students finished their notes over a short National Geographic film they viewed early this week. As a group, they wrote two summaries of articles about ancient people and the development of agriculture.

Students also learned about the Speaker of the House, as they continued to learn about the House of Representatives.

English—3rd and 4th Grades: 

This week, each student received new spelling words, worked on their spelling activities, and took a spelling test on Friday. They answered written questions about their assigned books and met with their peers to talk about their reading. Students also made cards to thank the Supreme Court justices.

Students continued to write interview questions (which they tried out during the visit by the Supreme Court justices.) They explored several teacher-selected resources about careers and took notes about their discoveries. As many of these websites have videos included, I have asked that students who have earbuds or headphones at home bring them to school for the next two weeks. Please don’t send anything expensive or complicated. Each student can store his or her earbuds or headphones in a plastic bag or Tupperware that is labeled with his or her name.

For next week,

·         Students reading Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, by Bruce Coville, should read the first three chapters by Wednesday.

·         Students reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg, should read chapters 3-6 by Wednesday.

·         Students reading Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry, should read chapters 1-5 by Wednesday.

Please remind your student to complete his or her assigned reading by the scheduled day. Students should also study their spelling words at home and complete any unfinished spelling activities at home.

English 5th -8th Grade: 

This week, each student received new spelling words, worked on their spelling activities, and took a spelling test on Friday. They answered written questions about their assigned books and met with their peers to talk about their reading.  Students also made cards to thank the Supreme Court justices.

Students continued to write interview questions (which they tried out during the visit by the Supreme Court justices.) They explored several teacher-selected resources about careers and took notes about their discoveries. As many of these websites have videos included, I have asked that students who have earbuds or headphones at home bring them to school for the next two weeks. Please don’t send anything expensive or complicated. Each student can store his or her earbuds or headphones in a plastic bag or Tupperware that is labeled with his or her name.

For next week,

·         Students who are reading Call it Courage, by Armstrong Sperry, should finish the book by Tuesday.

·         Students reading The Forgetting, by Sharon Cameron, should read to page 49 by Tuesday.

·         Students who were reading Dear Martin, by Nic Stone, will receive a new book in the upcoming week.

Please remind your student to complete his or her assigned reading by the scheduled day. Students should also study their spelling words at home and complete any unfinished spelling activities at home.

Music:

On Monday, students learned about the staff, labeling the line and space numbers. They practiced writing the signs for treble and bass clef.

On Wednesday, students learned about key signatures. They began learning the order of sharps and flats to determine the key of a piece of music. Their written homework is due Wednesday.

On Friday, students in 5th to 8th grades sang outside together. Instruction focused on singing one part while other students sing another, as well as breathing properly through a line of music.

P.E.: 

Students continued to enjoy playing kickball in P.E.

1st and 2nd Grade Writing:

This week, students worked to expand sentences by adding specific details. Students also worked on unfinished work.

26 September

Social Studies—3rd Grade:

This week, students finished maps of the Rocky Mountain states and the Pacific coast states. They began working on a map of the Midwestern states. Students are learning the states, capitals and major cities, and major geographic features.

Social Studies—4th and 5th Grade: 

Students learned about the Bill of Rights this week, reading the amendments together and restating them in their own words.

The 5th-grade students learned about how bills are introduced into Congress and about the roles of committees in the House.

Social Studies—6th -8th Grade: 

This week, students synthesized and reviewed information as they created timelines of the material they have learned so far (from “Tumi,” who might have walked upright 5-7 million years ago, to the creating of agriculture during the Neolithic period). Students will finish their timelines in the upcoming week and complete some in class review before having an exam on the unit. This will probably be on Friday.

English—3rd and 4th Grade: 

This week, each student received new spelling words, worked on spelling activities, and took a spelling test on Friday. They answered written questions about their assigned books and met with their peers to talk about their reading.

Most students finished drafting their interview questions. They will receive peer feedback on these next week. Students continued to explore several teacher-selected resources about careers, taking notes about their discoveries. Some students are ready to plan a draft of the reports they will write.

For next week,

·         Students reading Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, by Bruce Coville, should read to at least chapter 8 by Wednesday.

·         Students reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg, should finish the book by Wednesday.

·         Students reading Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry, should read at least to chapter 9 by Wednesday.

Please remind your student to complete his or her assigned reading by the scheduled day. Students should also study their spelling words at home and complete any unfinished spelling activities at home.

English 5th -8th Grade:

This week, each student received new spelling words, worked on spelling activities, and took a spelling test on Friday. They answered written questions about their assigned books and met with their peers to talk about their reading.

Most students finished drafting their interview questions. They will receive peer feedback on these next week. Students continued to explore several teacher-selected resources about careers, taking notes about their discoveries. Some students are ready to plan a draft of the reports they will write.

 

For next week,

·         Students who are reading Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, should read to “Los Higos” by Tuesday.

·         Students reading The Forgetting, by Sharon Cameron, should read to page 114 by Tuesday.

·         Students who are reading Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip Hoose ,should read at least chapters 5-8 this week.

Please remind your student to complete his or her assigned reading by the scheduled day. Students should also study their spelling words at home and complete any unfinished spelling activities at home.

Music: 

On Monday, students began learning note values as we talked about rhythm. Students continued to learn about key signatures on Wednesday, learning the order of sharps. We’ll continue to work on this next week. Their written homework is due Wednesday.

On Friday, students watched the opening of the Disney movie Fantasia, considering what we might “see” when we listen to music, such as color, shape, landscape, etc.

P.E.: 

Early in the week, students played kickball in P.E. On Friday, students played a throwing and catching game to work on timing and communication. It was a challenge!

1st and 2nd Grade Writing:

The 1st– and 2nd-grade students tried out some word ladder puzzles. They practiced combining short sentences to form a single sentence. They also worked on squiggle stories or on unfinished assignments.

3 October

Social Studies—3rd Grade: 

This week, students completed their maps of the Midwestern states and began learning about states in New England.

Social Studies—4th and 5th Grade: 

Students finished the unit on the Constitution this week and began writing a study guide together. They will review material in the upcoming week and will have a test over the unit next Monday (October 11th). The 5th-grade students continued to learn about the process of passing legislation through the House.

Social Studies—6th -8th Grade: 

This week, students continued to review information as they finished their timelines. Students worked with partners to sort cards with key terms and concepts, then explained their methods to the group. Students also practiced writing short-answer essay questions. We talked about strategies for test taking.  Students will have their first social studies test on Monday (October 4th).

English—3rd and 4th Grade: 

This week, each student received new spelling words, worked on spelling activities, and took a spelling test on Friday. They answered written questions about their assigned books and met with their peers to talk about their reading.

Many students continued to work on their interview questions, so we postponed peer feedback on these until early next week. Students continued to research different careers, using teacher-selected resources.

For next week,

·         Students reading Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, by Bruce Coville, should finish the book by Wednesday.

·         Students who were reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L. Konigsburg, will receive a new book early next week.

·         Students reading Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry, should finish the book by Wednesday.

Please remind your student to complete his or her assigned reading by the scheduled day. Students should also study their spelling words at home and complete any unfinished spelling activities at home.

English 5th -8th Grades: 

This week, each student received new spelling words, worked on spelling activities, and took a spelling test on Friday. They answered written questions about their assigned books and met with their peers to talk about their reading.

Most students finished drafting their interview questions and met with peers to receive feedback on those. They identified priority questions and began ordering their questions for the interview. Most students are wrapping up their internet research of different careers.

For next week,

·         Students who are reading Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, should read to “Las Almendras” by Tuesday.

·         Students reading The Forgetting, by Sharon Cameron, should read to page 204 by Tuesday.

·         Students who are reading Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip Hoose, should finish the book this week.

Please remind your student to complete his or her assigned reading by the scheduled day. Students should also study their spelling words at home and complete any unfinished spelling activities at home.

Music: 

On Monday, students practiced counting and writing whole notes. Students continued to learn about key signatures on Wednesday, learning the order of flats. Written homework is due Wednesday.

On Friday, students in 5th through 8th grades sang outside. They listened to a piece of music that they’ll learn for a future performance.

P.E.: 

Students played kickball when the weather was good and played a silent catching game when they had to be indoors on Thursday. Some groups of students were able to pass three balls around without talking!

1st and 2nd Grade Writing:

The 1st– and 2nd-grade students continued to work on combining and expanding sentences this week. They also worked on unfinished work and wrote squiggle stories.

10 October

Social Studies—3rd Grade: 

This week, students completed maps of New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. They began working with a partner to complete a map of the South, identifying each state and its capital, along with major rivers and at least one additional interesting place in each state.

Social Studies—4th and 5th Grade: 

Students worked on their study guides all week, preparing for their first social studies test this Monday, October 11th. Students may use these study guides on the test, in addition to their notes.

Social Studies—6th -8th Grade: 

Students took their first social studies test early this week and began a unit on ancient Mesopotamia.

English—3rd and 4th Grade: 

This week, each student received new spelling words, worked on spelling activities, and took a spelling test on Friday. While most students answered written questions about their assigned books, we ran out of time for many students to meet with their peers to talk about their reading. Students were organized into new reading groups and received new books.

Students finished writing and revising their interview questions. Most students completed a “practice” interview with a partner, working on speaking clearly, maintaining eye contact, and writing notes without looking. (Students enjoyed pretending to be adult professionals as they answered questions.) Additionally, students continued to research different careers, using teacher-selected resources.

For next week,

·         Students reading Shiloh, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, should read the first two chapters by Tuesday.

·         Students reading Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell, should read chapters 1-7 by Wednesday.

·         Students reading The Birchbark House, by Louise Erdrich, should read the sections “Summer” and “Fall” for Wednesday.

Please remind your student to complete his or her assigned reading by the scheduled day. Because this will be a short week, students will work on spelling enrichment activities during class but will not have homework or a spelling test.

English 5th -8th Grade: 

This week, each student received new spelling words, worked on spelling activities, and took a spelling test on Friday. They answered written questions about their assigned books and met with their peers to talk about their reading.

Students finished writing and revising their interview questions. Most students completed a “practice” interview with a partner, working on speaking clearly, maintaining eye contact, and writing notes without looking. (Students enjoyed pretending to be adult professionals as they answered questions.) Most students wrapped up their internet research of different careers.

For next week,

·         Students who are reading Esperanza Rising, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, should finish the book by Tuesday.

·         Students reading The Forgetting, by Sharon Cameron, should read at least to page 330 by Tuesday. They are strongly encouraged to finish the book if they can.

·         Students who are reading 90 Miles to Havana,, by Enrique Flores-Galbis should read to “Caballo Rojo” this week.

Please remind your student to complete his or her assigned reading by the scheduled day. Because this will be a short week, students will work on spelling enrichment activities during class but will not have homework or a spelling test.

Music:

On Monday, students practiced counting and writing half notes and quarter notes.

On Wednesday, students learned about dynamics, practicing the Italian terms, such as “forte” and “piano.” Written homework is due Wednesday.

On Friday, students in 3rd and 4th grades sang outside. They listened to a piece of music that they’ll learn for a future performance and played a call and response game.

P.E.: Students played kickball in P.E. this week.

1st and 2nd Grade Writing:

The 1stand 2nd-grade students practiced listing items in a sentence, using commas to separate these items. They also made birthday cards for Ms. Arielle.

17 October

Elizabeth was called away from Las Cruces to deal with a family problem. She will return as soon as possible. She will also supply us with a report of what happened in her classes as time permits.