Writing The students will focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed. They will also, with guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish some of their writing to share with others. Informational Text The students will research winter holidays from around the world. They will also review and locate major topographical features of the earth’s surface during this exploration. They will continue to chart our changing weather. Class News We will be having a class holiday party on Friday, December 19TH at 12:30. Please join us for some cheer. The students will be singing some songs, exchanging books, and sharing some snacks. Please let me know if you will be able to attend. School News We will be offering another Mandated Reporter/Volunteer Training this month on Tuesday, December 9th at 7PM. If you missed the previous trainings please be sure to attend this one. Due to the nature of the mandated reporter portion of the program, please do not bring children to the training. We are very excited to announce that the 2nd Annual Southside STEAM Expo is now officially part of the 2015 Atlanta Science Festival! The STEAM Expo will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Coweta County Fairgrounds, on the first day of the week-long Atlanta Science Festival. Volunteers are needed to help make the STEAM Expo successful! If you can help, please email [email protected] Math The measure of an attribute is a count of how many units are needed to fill, cover, or match the attribute of the object being measured. Students need to understand what a unit of measure is and how it is used to find a measurement. They need to predict the measurement, find the measurement, and then discuss the estimates, errors, and the measuring process. It is important for students to measure the same object with differently sized units. Reminders - Please donate enough dry breakfast cereal for 22 students on your assigned week such as two large boxes of Cheerios. Please send in a water bottle each day. Please have student wear or bring gym appropriate clothing and shoes on Thursdays. Please check in on “Class Dojo” everyday. Calendar 12/9: 80’s Day! Celebrate the 80TH of School like you are a totally Awesome 1980’s kid. Volunteer Mandate Reporting Training 7PM 12/11: Board Meeting 7PM 12/18: Pajama Party DayStudents can wear their PJ’s to school and bring a snuggle or pillow 12/19: Holiday Party12:30PM 12/22- 1/2/2015: Winter Break! Reading No two kids are alike, especially when it comes to hitting developmental benchmarks. Therefore, we will be assessing the students reading levels this month in fluency, comprehension, and grade level word recognition using Fountas & Pinnell Literacy and Georgia RESA Assessment of Student Progress. The student will also be listening to holiday literacy texts and comparing them, write about them, and study them using their knowledge of story elements. They will be doing shared reading with in their small groups.