Melting Snow

Except for a few traces in the parking lot, most of the snow has melted from our winter landscape. As we await the next snowfall, we’ll keep our energy up in the classroom with many fun activities and learning opportunities.

In social studies, we will finish our Election unit with a general election for our class mascot. Mrs. Neil’s class is voting on the Jaguar and the Sea Turtle and Mr. Hurwitz’s class is voting on the Lion and the Prairie Dog. May the best candidate win! After the completion of this election, we will begin our unit on National Parks.

In ELA we will continue to outline our “Invention” essays and add both an introduction and conclusion. Final drafts of these five paragraph essays will be due on December 21st. Four groups will have spelling tests on Tuesday – SBSN Spellers, Llamacorns, Puppies, and Taco Cats. If your child is in one of these groups, please remind them to complete two study activities to prepare for the test. Our last visit with our guest author, Natalie Rompella, is tomorrow. Your students have been working hard with Natalie to write and illustrate their own picture book on the life of John Muir, and I plan to make a digital copy of these books available through my website next week.

And finally, don’t forget to return the permission slip and payment for our January field trip to the Field Museum before Winter Break. You can view and print the 5th Grade Permission slip here . Please let us know if you have any questions.