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Weekly Newsletter: March 3-7, 2014
Weekly Newsletter: March 3-7, 2014
Core Knowledge Listening and Learning:
We are continuing to review Columbus, but this week we will move into Pilgrims and Colonies in the New World. During the study of the Pilgrims, students will learn about Thanksgiving, how Europeans learned about the Western Hemisphere, how the nation was settled by Europeans with a strong Christian faith, and why the country struggled with its dependency on Great Britain. Along with those ideas, students will examine why it is not correct to call the people that Columbus met Indians, or to call the land he reached India, and why the New World was only new to Europeans (CKLA). Students will be required to identify the seven continents on the world map.
Vocabulary: disappointed, glory, fascinated, celebration
Our tests on the Columbus and the Pilgrims Domain will be Tuesday, March 11.
Study Guide for Domain Assessments:
Taking a long trip across the ocean can be a dangerous journey.
Columbus did not find spices in the New World.
Navigators planned journeys and controlled the ships in Columbus’s time.
The crew cleaned the ship, cooked the food, and carried out the commander’s orders.
Kings and queens were rulers of Europe during Columbus’s time.
The shore is an area of land near the ocean. Seaweed can wash up on a shore.
An island is surrounded by water.
Europeans came to the New World and settled in colonies.
The king of England did not give the Pilgrims the freedom to practice their religion and go to the church they wanted, so they decided to leave England.
The chief is the most important person in a Native American tribe.
If someone is asked to go forward in the classroom they should move to the front.
A person might be disappointed if they do not have something they like for lunch.
The captain of a ship would keep a log or a journal of all the information about a ship.
When a person is fascinated by a movie they want to watch the movie.
After a team wins a big game, they might have a celebration.
Comprehension of Columbus and the Pilgrims/Am I a Pilgrim or Columbus?:
The Wampanoag helped the Pilgrims survive their first year in the New World.
Pilgrims sailed on the Mayflower.
Columbus sailed west in 1492 to find spices and treasures from Asia.
Pilgrims learned how to grow crops from the Wampanoag.
King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella paid for Columbus’s journey.
Pilgrims found a place in the New World where they could pray how they wanted and go to church where they wanted.
Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock.
Columbus died thinking he had found the Indies.
Columbus was the captain of the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.
The Pilgrims joined the Wampanoag at a three day long celebration of Thanksgiving.
Core Knowledge Skills:
Students will continue with Unit 7 and the Seth reader. They will read, “Meg’s Tots,” Monday and Tuesday, and “Hash and Milk” on Wednesday and Thursday! They are becoming more fluent with the words that are used repeatedly in the text, such as, and, Pat, Seth, on, etc.! When we read at school, I have students find the periods, exclamation marks, apostrophes, capital letters, and certain words, as well as, count the words in a sentence, count the letters in a sentence, and other concepts of print. After a reading, students are asked questions concerning the text. They are asked about the characters, setting, and plot. Additionally, they are asked how the pictures or illustrations relate to the text.
Students have been working in a journal since January. I am going to send home the journal tomorrow for you to review, however, please send it back Wednesday, so we can continue to add to their brilliant journal pages. They are continuing to improve each day. You will be able to see their progress from January until now. At this point we encourage the students to write words by the sounds they hear, which is called invented spelling. We have not learned any tricky words, therefore, I would not require them to spell those words correctly. I usually start the sentence off for students. For example I may write, “In winter I like to…” and the child finishes the sentence. I am so proud of their writing!
In math we are beginning a unit on number bonds. This is a precursor to addition and subtraction. We will examine two groups of objects and how many both groups have together. For example, if you have 3 chocolate chip cookies and 2 m&m cookies, you have 5 cookies together. Or if you have 4 chocolate chip and 1 m&m, you still have 5 together. The goal is for children to see that you can make up a whole number, such as 5, in different ways! There will be homework each night for math in your child’s folder. The homework will correlate with exactly what we are doing at school.
March 4 – Green Eggs and Ham Day! Wear green with the regular uniform bottoms and shoes! Shirts, necklaces, stickers, bows, hats are ok too! If the shirt has something on it like Ninja Turtles that is fine!
March 5 – Wacky Wednesday! Wear some wacky socks!
Packing for the New World Projects due
March 6 – Making OOBLECK!
March 7 – Seuss Story Snack and a Dr. Seuss movie! Early Release Day!
March 12 – Report Cards!
March 20 – First day of spring! The hibernating animals may come out!
March 21 – Field Trip to Washburn Store
March 28 – Early America Day!