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Week 17-Gingerbread Man

December 18, 2019 by Lauren Kelly

Welcome to the 17th week of school before winter break!

      This week will be a combination of our regular routine and fun learning activities mixed in. This week’s theme is gingerbread. We will read the original version of the Gingerbread Man, then we will compare and contrast it to two different stories, The Gingerbread Boy, and the The Gingerbread Boy Goes to School. We will be asking students to make text-self and text-to-text connections between the 3 stories. Students will be writing about the Gingerbread man, using the sentences frames of what a Gingerbread Man can do, has, and is. (e.g.  The Gingerbread Man has two legs to help him run. The Gingerbread Man can run away from animals. The Gingerbread Man is eaten by a fox.) We will do what’s called a realia experience with writing this week. Students will get to taste test a gingerbread cookie and a chocolate chip cookie. Students will have to write about their favorite cookie and why using sight words and personal evidence.

For math, the new unit #5 is exploring objects by height, length, and capacity. Students will be asked to understand ordering & comparing objects by height, length, and capacity over the next 2 weeks. 

HOMEWORK: 20 minutes each night-10 minutes of reading of choice (read poems in binder, read paper books, practice sight word lists (new and old!), or any books of child’s choice from home) and 10 minutes of math practice on IXL or 1 page of the optional math packet sent home.  IXL modules are T1, 2, 3, & 4, as well as any V or W modules about 2-D and 3-D shapes. 

HOLIDAY CENTERS PARTY: We will have a holiday party with fun centers on Thursday the 19th afternoon starting at 12:30 p.m. We have plenty of parent volunteers to help! Thank you to those we are coming to celebrate with us! 🙂 Our kiddos have been working so hard and deserve an afternoon of fun and a christmas movie after we do fun centers. 🙂 

WINTER BREAK: We will be on winter break until January 6th! That is quite a bit of time for the kiddos to not be here with me using their brains and learning. To help aide in students not regressing in skills learned, I will be sending home an optional winter break work packet. This is NOT a have to do thing! However, if students bring it back done to the best of their ability I will have a special prize for their hard work! 

**I wish all of you a happy and healthy winter break! It has been a great first ½ of the school year so far. I will see you all in 2020!