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# Week 16 – Dec 9-12

December 8, 2019 by Kim Sorensen & Rebecca Farley

We had a busy and productive week last week! Our kids did an EXCELLENT job performing at the Christmas Concert, I am SO proud of them! We enjoyed attending the 1st annual Oasis Academy Spelling Bee and I think it may have sparked a new interest in many of the kids.

4th Grade Math: Last week we finished up our fraction concepts. This was a tough one and we will continue to review concepts such as equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, simplifying fractions, mixed numbers and improper fractions. This week we will explore bar graphs and line plots. We will be using our baby pictures to create a line plot that is going to be pretty great. We will test on these concepts on Thursday. IXLs that work with this weeks instruction are J.4-J.8.

3rd Grade Math: This week we will take a quick break from division story problems while they MAPS test in Reading and start our geometry unit. We will be identifying polygons and right angles on Monday. On Tuesday we will sort and classify different kinds of quadrilaterals such as rhombuses, parallelograms, rectangles and squares. On Wednesday and Thursday we will review our different strategies to solve division word problems and test on division on Thursday. IXLs that work with this weeks instruction are: CC.4, CC.6, CC.1 and DD.6 and 7.

In projects last week, students learned about the assembly line and its benefits to production of goods and our economy. The kids had a blast creating edible cars on their own assembly line (see pictures on seperate blog). We had a lot of practice studying the differences between goods and services, as well as what consumers and producers are. We ended the week studying the differences and examples of human, natural, and capital resources and how supply and demand is determined. This next we will begin a new 2 week unit on life science. We will study animal adaptations and their different internal and external structures and functions. Students will work in pairs to research different animals, create a slideshow, and (maybe) make oral presentations. Vocabulary words will still be assigned. Thank you for practicing them with your child.

In writing, we are becoming more familiar with the framework of opinion writing through journal prompts and class discussion. Students took notes and made several lists of how we can come up with opinion topics to write about. This week your child will pick the topic for their first opinion masterpiece. As a class, we will review the opinion rubric so there is no confusion about how their papers are graded and what the expectations are. We will also spend time learning how to create a strong introduction paragraph. I will be meeting with writing groups to make sure students have selected a strong opinion topic and to answer and questions regarding their first masterpiece.
Announcements:

• The pajama drive has been extended through December 12. Please consider donating NEW pajamas (newborn to teenager sizes) for our local CASA organization to help abused and neglected children in our area.
• 12/12–Oasis Family Movie Night @ 6p.m.
• 12/16- I’m All Ears Forum, 8:00 am and 5:15 pm
• 12/20-1/5 Winter Break
• PLEASE label all coats, jackets, hats, and other winter accessories with your child’s first and last name.