This week we jumped right back into our Animals unit.  We read a great expository text in which we asked ourselves: For all baby animals look like their parents? Where do baby animals find food? Our learning objectives were:

  • share prior knowledge about baby animals
  • talk about illustrations and use them to predict what the story is about
  • compare and contrast information within the story about different animals
  • practice dictation, making sure to stretch the words out like a rubber band, so all sounds are represented
  • classify animal and animal home vocabulary from the story
  • introduction to the Revision/Deletion part of the writing process
  • using adjectives to give more information in sentences (orally and in writing)


This week we had a great time with our shapes.  We used pipe cleaners to make shapes and talk about the number or sides and corners. We traced the bases of geometric solids to see the shapes they made.


I also took some time to assess the students on their number sense, their counting, patterning, place value, etc.

History & Geography

We began our next section in our ancient Civilizations on the Three Major World Religions.  This week we read about the origins of the three world religions and focused in on Judaism.  As a class we worked on a chart in order to remind us about key points that we have learned so far.

Our objectives this week were to

• identify Judaism Christianity and Islam as major monotheistic world religions
• locate Jerusalem, Israel, and the area known is the middle East on a map
• define monotheism  as believe in one God
• identify the Western Wall (or the Wailing Wall) as associated with Judaism, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher  with Christianity, and the Dome of the Rock with Islam
• identify Judaism as a monotheistic religion
• identify the Hebrews as the ancient people who were descendants of Abraham
• identify that the followers of Judaism are called Jews and that the term Jewish is used to describe practices or objects associated with Judaism
• identify Moses as a holy figure and teacher who long ago let the Jews out of Egypt
• understand the story of Exodus is celebrated each year as a holiday known as Passover with a special service and meal called Seder
• understand that Moses received the tent amendment from God and that they told the people how to behave or live there life
• recognize the star of David as a six point of star in a symbol of Judaism
• identify the Torah as an important part of the Hebrew scriptures
• identify that it Jewish house of worship is called the synagogue or temple






This week in our Animals and Their Habitats we continued to learn about saltwater habitats and the animals that live there. We had fun creating sea          creatures and writing about them.

Our objectives this week were to:

•  understand that saltwater covers most of the earth and it is found in several oceans
•  identify and locate the oceans of the world on a globe:  Arctic Pacific Atlantic Indian, Southern
•  describe the landscape of the ocean floor
•  understand that ocean life is very diverse
•  match saltwater plants in animals to the salt water habitat
• classify animals on the basis of the types of food that they eat


English Word Work

In spelling the Red group worked on w and y sounds, the Blue group focused on the initial consonant blends st, sl, sn, and sm.  Green group finished reviewing vowel sounds.  In our journals this week we wrote a short story about a seahorse. Our word wall words this week were: could, car, make, made, play, part, other, and old.
Our vocabulary words this week were:  faithful, Hebrew, shellfish, and Messiah.


CHARACTER ED with Ms. Jennie:

Giving Tree update: Thank you to all of you who have purchased gifts for Share’s Giving Tree this year! We have just one more week to get our gifts in. All unwrapped gifts are due back to school on this Thursday, December 7th. If you do forget for some reason, you could also bring them to school on conference day – Friday the 8th. I will be taking all the gifts to Share on Mondaymorning.
December theme for character ed this month is Positive Thinking! We read a wonderful book called Perfect Square last week where a square gets cut, hole punched, ripped, crumpled, etc. and instead of becoming negative about these “challenging circumstances” it decides to transform itself into new, wonderful things like a bubbling fountain or a beautiful landscape. We are constructing our own “square art” and these will be displayed at the end of the hallway. We will also read one more book this month entitled Last Stop on Market Street, which is about a grandma teaching her grandson to look around and see the beauty in everyday things, even things that might be seen as unfortunate or ugly. Check out our bulletin board for the quotes and poems of the month!
MUSIC with Ms. Erin:
What we did in November:
– Learned about the acoustic guitar, and sang songs with guitar accompaniment
– Learned how to recognize Like and Unlike musical phrases
– Learned about the orchestra, and the orchestra’s instrument families
– Listened to the music and story of Sergei Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’
– Learned about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his music
Plans for December include:
– March to the beat of the famous piece March of the Toys by Victor Herbert
– Learn about the ballet with Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’
– Sing holiday songs, using percussion bells to carry a steady beat
– Review the musical terms we have learned this year, such as Forte, Piano, Quarter Note, Half Note, Whole Note