Primary grades participate in Holiday Giving each December at St. Michael’s. Our ministry work has collected for various needy organizations over the years; Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Casa de los Ninos, Tucson International Alliance of Refugee Communities, the Diaper Bank and others. This year we are collecting for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. This optional activity runs from December 3rd – December 17th. If you would like to participate, the Humane Society is in need of the following donations for cats, bunnies, and dogs:
- canned wet food
- chew toys
- small to medium sized blankets
There will be a box outside the classroom for collecting donations. Thank you in advance for your support.
Next week, math chapter 4 wraps up and assessments are scheduled for Wednesday, December 5th. In preparation for the chapter test, I recommend students review lessons by practicing problems and studying vocabulary words.
Language Arts continues to answer the big question “What’s so amazing about plants?” The main reading selection this week is a science article about a rainforest in Africa. The reading comprehension skills we’ll work on are main idea and details, text features, and inferences. Grammar studies irregular plurals and writing practices taking and organizing notes.
Three Social Studies field trips are scheduled in support of our Tucson History unit which begins this month. The trip to the Schoolhouse in February creates an authentic 1885 school experience for the children. We dress in period style costume, play old fashioned games, and bring lunch wrapped in cloth or carried in a tin pail. School room lessons reflect the style of the time, including the “dunce cap”. Several costume pieces have been collected, however not enough for everyone. Please, begin brainstorming what you may already have that could represent the time period. Stop by the classroom and browse what we have to find ideas and inspiration.
The Driver sign-up for our December 14th field trip is posted on the classroom bulletin board and there are three openings for volunteer drivers. Please, consider driving and joining our tour of the Historic Block and Tucson Museum of Art.
- December 14; Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
- January 18; Tucson Presidio
- February 15; Tubac Schoolhouse
- March 22; Sweetwater Wetlands
- December 3; November Reading Log due
- December 5; Math Chapter 4 test and vocabulary quiz
- December 7; St. Nicholas Day Program at 2:00 pm
- December 14; Field Trip
- December 21; Las Posadas
Spelling December 3, 2018
Unit 3, Week 3, Words with VCe and Words with Long and Short Vowels