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All About Me

My name is Mandy Wood!  I am one of the 5th grade teachers.  I will be teaching Reading, Expressions, Religion, and Math to my homeroom, and Science to both 5th grade classes.  This is my 20th year of teaching, but only my 3rd year at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.  Before I came here I taught at Saint Bernadette for 2 years and Saint Veronica for 15 years.  I am so blessed to be at this school!  I absolutely love it here!  I have been married to my husband Joe for 14 years and I have 2 daughters.  Savannah is in 7th grade at Saint Andrews and Peyton is, of course, in 5th grade with me this year!!  We have 4 dogs that drive us all crazy-especially our newest one!  I am currently the 7th grade girls' volleyball coach and am looking forward to a great season!  In my free time I enjoy reading, going to the movies, cooking, and just spending time with the family.  I love animals, chocolate, and a good suspense novel-not necessarily in that order!  I think we are going to have an awesome 5th grade year and I look forward to growing some amazing disciples!!!  Happy 2019-2020 School Year!!!
 

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Week of March 9th-13th

Hello Parents!  
 
I hope everyone had a great weekend!  It was just beautiful yesterday!  I hate losing that hour of sleep, but I love getting home when it's still nice a light out!  It means summer is just around the corner!!   We have another exciting week, so let's get started!  Here's a peek at what's going on in the classroom!
 
Religion
Today we started Chapter 11 in our Religion books.  In this chapter, we will explore the sacrament of the Eucharist even deeper.  We are also continuing on to our second week of Lent and filling out our Week 2 Lenten Packet.
 
Reading/Language Arts
Holes Chapters 21-35
Reading Skill: Main Idea and Details
Vocabulary Strategy: Word Families
Phonics: Unstressed Syllables
Grammar Skill: Transitional Words
Writing Prompt: Write a procedural paragraph teaching me how to do something.
 
Math:
Lesson 86: Multiplying Fractions and Whole Numbers
Lesson 87:  Using Manipulatives and sketches to divide fractions
Lesson 88:  Transformations
 
Science:
Chapter 5 Test on Tuesday!  Lab-a-Palooza starts WEDNESDAY!!!
 
Reminders
-5th Grade Play is Thursday!  Our class performs at 10:30 and 6:30
-COSI Field Trip is on March 20th!  I will send out an informational email to everyone soon!
 
I hope everyone has a super week!  Please let me know if you have questions!!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood

Week of March 2nd-March 6th

Hello Parents!  Happy March!!!!  Can you even believe it??  It seems like it's all going too fast!!!  Before you know it, we'll be into May.  I'm not done with my babies yet!!!
 
This week we will take our last IOWA tests on Monday.  Tuesday we will begin the CoGAT testing, which will take place Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Then we are back to business as usual!!!  Here's a peek into our week!
 
Religion:
We will discuss Lent and the season of preparation, as well as the Easter Triduum.  We will also work on our Week 1 Lenten Packet.  Our oral test over the Act of Love Prayer will be on Wednesday
 
Reading/Language Arts:
Holes Chapters 11-20
Reading Skill: Theme; Infer/Predict
Phonics Skill: More Final Syllables
Vocabulary Strategies: Using Reference Sources
Grammar Skills: The Present, Past, and Future Perfect Tenses
No Prompt this Week
 
Math:
Lesson 85: Units of Capacity
Reteach Packet (76-80)
Cumulative Test
 
Science:
Force and Motion Webquest
Lesson 2 Newton's Laws
Newton's Laws Webquest
Vocabulary Quiz Wednesday!!!
 
*Reminders*
-Early Dismissal on Friday!
-Report Cards go home Friday
-All COSI permission slips and money due Friday!
-Due to all the germies floating around, students may bring in their own personal hand sanitizer (one small bottle, no strong scents please)
-Our class mass is TOMORROW!  Please join us if you are able!
 
I hope all of your stay healthy in the final leg of winter.  20 seconds of hand-washing with soap, frequently. Please remind your children to keep fingers out of their noses and away from their faces.  if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don't hesitate to email me, and as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood
 

Week of February 24th-28th

Hello Parents!  Happy IOWA  testing week!!!  This is a big week for the kiddos!  we will be testing Monday-Thursday over the IOWA content, and next Monday we will finish the IOWAs and start in on the CoGAT testing.  I'm hoping we can get everyone finished up by next Friday.  As I told the children today, it is super important to get a good night sleep and eat a full, healthy breakfast in the morning!  I know the germs are flying, so please take precautions to avoid the flu!  clorox wipes are our friends!!!  Here is a rundown of our schedule for the week.  I apologize in advance for this lengthy post!!!!
 
Religion: 
This week will continue and finish chapter 10 in our books.  We will discuss how we recognize Jesus in the breaking of bread and how Jesus is the bread of life.  We will review the chapter on Thursday and have our chapter 10 test on Friday.  Wednesday (Ash Wednesday) marks the beginning of Lent!  In class we will work on a Lenten Journey packet each week, as well as an All About Lent poster.  
 
Reading:
Reading Skill-Sequence of Events/Visualize
Phonics and Spelling Skills-Common Final Syllables
Vocabulary Strategy-Using a Thesaurus
Grammar Skills-Use of the Verbs be and have, using Verb Phrases, Irregular Verbs
We will begin reading the novel, Holes this week!!!  I am so excited!  This is such an amazing book!!!!
 
Math:
Lesson 83-Properties of Geometric Solids
Lesson 84-Mean, Median, Mode, and Range
Kahn Academy
 
Science:
We are back in the book this week, beginning Chapter 5!  We will be learning all about Forces and Motion!  This chapter is quite brief, but we will be spending a lot of time on some pretty fun labs!!!  I can't wait to get started!!
 
TESTING SCHEDULE
I have attached a copy of what our days will look like this week.  We are 5A and Mrs. Jone's class is 5B
 
Reminders!
*The end of the trimester is FRIDAY!!!!  I can't even believe it!
*Please turn in yearbook order forms
*Please turn in COSI permission slips and fees as soon as possible.  And the more chaperones, the better!  It really is an amazing field trip!!!
*Donuts with Dad flyers will go home in the children's folders today!
 
Have an awesome week!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email me!!! And as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood
 
 
 

Week of February 17th-21st

Hello Parents!  Happy 3rd crazy week of February!  We have another one full of changes so let's get started!  Here's a peek at what is going on in the classroom.
 
Religion: We will begin Chapter 10 on Wednesday.  Chapter 10 will focus on the Sacrament of Eucharist. We will have a test over this chapter on February 28th.  Students also need to be working on memorizing the Act of Love prayer.  The oral test over this prayer will be on March 4th.
 
Reading/Language Arts:  Today we took a quiz over chapters 10-13 of Bridge to Terabithia and began working on creating our own fantasy worlds!  We will have unit test over the entire book on Thursday and will watch the movie on Friday.  We will work on our Fantasy World Posters in class throughout the week.  There will be no Spelling and Grammar Packets this week.
 
Math:
Lesson 81-Reducing Fractions Part 1
Lesson 82-Greatest Common Factor
 
Science: Students are finishing up slideshows and we started presenting them today!  They look fantastic!  I will try to send your child's slideshow your way this week if I have not done so already!
 
Reminders
-Friday we will go to Saint Andrews for our shadow day!  All students will need to pack their lunches, a snack, and a water bottle for the trip!
-IOWA testing is NEXT week!!!!  Because of this, we may need to adjust the date of our 5th grade play. I will keep you updated as I get the information!
-Please try to turn in COSI forms and payment as soon as possible.  
 
I hope you all have a great week!!!  If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email me!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood

Week of February 10th-14th

Hello Parents!
 
I hope everyone enjoyed the surprise 3-day weekend!  I sure did, but now we are left with a CRAZY next couple of days!  Due to our upcoming 4-day weekend, the 5th grade play practices, special presentations, and our trip to Saint Andrews for our shadow day, we are certainly strapped for class time!  Let's see what we can accomplish this week!  Before we take a peek into the week, here are some reminders!
 
*February 10th-COCO will be visiting our classroom to discuss bullying behavior and strategies to deal with it
*February 13th-bring Valentines to share with the whole class (optional) and a bag to collect Valentines from others.
*February 13th-Biography Living Museum in the Cafeteria 11:00-11:30 (this is a change in time)
*February 13th-National Children's Theater Presents Energy Endgame to whole school at 2:30 in Gym
*February 14th and 17th-NO SCHOOL
*February 21st-Visit to Saint Andrews Campus for Shadowing.  Permission forms will go home today and MUST be returned THURSDAY
*February 27th-5th Grade Plays! Our class will perform at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm
*Our snack supply is dwindling again
 
Religion
Today we reviewed chapter 9.  We will have our chapter 9 test on Wednesday and will move on to Chapter 10 next week
 
Reading/Language Arts
This week we will focus on reading as much of The Bridge to Terabithia as possible.  There will be an open-book quiz over chapters 5-9 Tuesday.  The biography report is due February 13th.  The posters look great!!!  No Spelling, Grammar, or Reading Skills this week.
 
Math
Lesson 80-Prime and Composite Numbers
Reteach Packet (71-75)
Cumulative Test on Wednesday over lessons 71-75
 
Science
Students will continue working on their slideshows 
 
Have a great week!  If you have any questions, please email me, and as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood
 

Week of February 3rd-7th

Hello Everyone!  Happy Wednesday!
 
I apologize for being behind on the post this week!  Yesterday just got away from me!  It seems as though February is definitely going to be our crazy month!  Looking at the calendar, we don't actually have a full week with no interruptions until the last week of the month!  There will be some slight changes to our schedule, but I think the kiddos will adjust just fine!  Before taking a peek at our week, here are a few IMPORTANT reminders to take note of!
 
*Students should now be working on their biography reports and posters for the 2nd Trimester Book Report.  We will go over some good ideas for writing the biography report in class today.  These reports will be due on February 13th.  The posters are due February 13th.  
*The Biography Living Museum will take place in the cafeteria on February 13th at 2:25.  The younger grades will come visit and learn about some famous people.  You are most definitely welcome to join us as well!
*On February 10th, we will have a special presentation at 2:00.  The Council on Child Abuse (COCA) will be presenting a Personal Safety Program to the whole school (different times are scheduled for each grade level).  For grade 5-8, the presenters will focus on bullying and ways to recognize different types of bullying, as well as providing strategies on handling difficult social situations and bully behavior.  
*Due to the 4-day weekend coming up, we will celebrate Valentine's Day on Thursday, February 13th.  As you know, we do not have Valentine's Day parties in the 5th grade.  However, if your child would like to bring in valentines to share with the WHOLE class, that is fabulous.  Make sure your child brings in a bag of some sort to collect their Valentines they receive from others.  I will allow time in the morning for the children to pass out their cards.  
*Friday is an early dismissal day!!!
 
Now for this week...
 
Religion:
We will finish up Chapter 9 and our study of the Sacrament of Confirmation this week.  Next Monday we will review and there will be a test on Wednesday. 
 
Reading/Language Arts:
Reading Skill: Understanding Characters; Questions
Phonics: Stress in 3-syllable words
Vocabulary Strategies: Idioms
Grammar Skill: Contractions
No writing prompts this week.  Students should be focusing on their Biography Reports.
We are continuing our journey through The Bridge to Terabithia, and will finish chapters 5-9 this week.  We will have an open-book quiz over these chapters and vocabulary on Monday,  The vocabulary is set up on Spelling City, and I STRONGLY encourage the students to work through some of the games.  
 
Math:
Tuesday-Lesson 77 Converting Units of Weight and Mass
Wednesday-Lesson 78 Exponents and Square Roots
Thursday-Lesson 79 Finding Equivalent Fractions by Multiplying by 1
Friday- Kahn Academy
 
Science:
Today I will show the children how to make slideshows on Google Slides.  I am hoping all the children will have all their research on their planets finished by the end of class today.  I expect the slideshows to take about a week to complete.  As soon as the children finish, I will send the slideshows your way, so you can see their awesome work!!!!
 
 
Have a great week!  If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email me.  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood
 

Week of January 27th-31st

Hello Parents!  
 
I apologize for being a day late with my newsletter.  I was out yesterday, but now am back and raring to go!!!  HAPPY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK!  The parents should be celebrated just as much as the children this week!  If it weren't for you decision to send your child here and your strong faith in God, we may not have this incredible opportunity to celebrate at all!  So thank you so much!!  It's going to be a fun and crazy week, so let's take a peek at what's going on in the classroom!
 
Religion:
CONGRATULATIONS CONNOR POWDERLY for winning the 5th grade Bible Bee!!!  Very exciting!!! Today we had the Seton Living Rosary, and it was just beautiful!  We were also given the opportunity to listen to Sister Mary Echo share her very special vocation with us.  On Wednesday and Thursday we will begin Chapter 9 in our Religion books.  In Chapter 9, we will dig a little deeper into the Sacrament of Confirmation.
 
Reading/Language Arts:
We will begin the novel, Bridge to Terabithia this week and read through the first 4 chapters.  On Thursday we will have an open-book quiz over these chapters and the vocabulary the children learned on Monday.  I LOVE this book!  SPOILER ALERT!!! One of the main characters (Leslie Burke) dies towards the end.  If you are unfamiliar with this novel, she drowns when the rope breaks as she is using it to swing across a creek.  If you feel your child may be uncomfortable with this, perhaps a brief discussion could be had (without giving the ending away) in about a week or so.
Reading Skill: Persuasion
Phonics/Spelling: More Common Suffixes
Vocabulary Strategies: Suffixes
Grammar Skill: Pronouns
 
Math:
We will be spending Monday and Tuesday on Multiplying Fractions.  No Math Wednesday-Friday due to Catholic Schools Week Activities
 
Science:
Although I would LOVE to go to outerspace to conduct some space labs, it's just not possible.  So, in lieu of a Lab-a-Palooza Week now that we have completed Chapter 4, we will be spending the next 2 weeks working on creating some pretty awesome planet slide-shows.  I will be sending your child's finished project to you toward the end of next week!
 
Reminders!!!
*Biography Poster due February 10th!
*Biography Report due February 13th
*Wednesday, January 29th Teacher vs. 5th Grade Volleyball Game! 2:30 (students will play each other at 1:00)
*Students may wear Spirit Wear on Wednesday with Uniform bottoms, but can change after lunch for volleyball
*Thursday is PJ Day!!! The school will watch a movie after recess and lunch!
*Friday is our All School Mass at Saint Andrews.  Students must wear uniforms.  Free Pizza lunch will be served, and when we return to Seton around 1:30, we will have all-school BINGO
*No School Monday!  Happy Super Bowl!!
 
Have a super week!  As always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood
 

Week of January 20th-24th

Hello Parents!  
 
I hope all of you had a fabulous 3 day weekend!  It was so nice to have an extra day to sleep in!!  I can't believe Catholic Schools Week and Winter Conferences are almost upon us!!!  We have a lot to do to get ready!!!  Here's a peek into our week!!
 
Religion
We will finish up Chapter 8 today and begin reviewing for our Chapter 8 Test on Thursday.  The test will be on Friday.  On Wednesday, we will take our ACRE test for Religion.  This test is something the 5th and 8th grade students take for the Archdiocese.  It is not a grade in class.
 
Reading/Language Arts
Story of the Week "The Dog Newspaper"
Reading Skill-Fact and Opinion
Vocabulary Skill-Analogies
Phonics Skill-Recognizing Suffixes
Grammar Skill-Prepositions
We will be working on our Snow Globes Story this week!
 
Math
Tuesday-Lesson 75 (Changing Improper Fractions into Mixed Numbers)
Wednesday-Reteach Packet
Thursday-Test
 
Science
We will finish up Chapter 4 and Review for our test on Wednesday.  Chapter 4 Test will be Thursday!
 
Thank you to everyone who donated snacks and cleaning supplies/tissues!  We all appreciate it!!  A few children will bring home conference forms today.  I do not feel as though I need to meet with everyone this time around, but if your child does not have a form and you wish to meet, please let me know!!!  As stated at the the beginning, Catholic Schools Week is next week!  Please look online at the calendar for the events each day.  A flyer also went home with your child's graded papers last Friday!!
 
 
Have a wonderful week, and as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood
 
 

Week of January 13th-17th

Hello Parents!
 
Happy Mid-term Week!!!  I can't believe it!  By Friday we will be halfway through our 2nd Trimester!!!  Where in the world is the time going!!!!  As I told the kiddos this morning, this is not the time to get lazy or take a break from the work!  It's time to step up our game and really start applying all of the skills we've learned so far this year!  Before we take a peek at what this week in the classroom looks like though, I want to mention a few house-keeping things.  
 
*As you probably may know by now, Mr. Grieco's sister passed away last week.  Her funeral will be held at Seton tomorrow at 11:00.  If you are available to help out, there are still a few teachers that do not have coverage for their classes and will be unable to attend the funueral unless they do.  Please call Sandy Reed at the office in the morning if you are able to help. 
*Our classroom is in need of more tissue, paper towel, and clorox wipes!  Tis the season for extra germies!  If possible, please send in one or all of these items this week.
*Again-I must appeal to you to donate to our classroom snack supply. I have several students that so not bring  a snack daily-whether for regular snack time or homework club.  I don't mind providing snacks, but if your child is a repeat offender (ask them-they know who the are), please help how by donating some snacks here and there.
 
Religion
This week we are learning about Ordinary Time and then beginning Chapter 8.  Chapter 8 focuses on the Sacrament of Confirmation. 
 
Reading/Language Arts
Story of the Week "LAFF"
Reading Skill-Story Structure
Vocabulary Skill-Glossary, Thesaurus, Dictionary
Phonics Skill-Recognizing Common Word Parts
Grammar-Adverbs
Writing Prompt-Descriptive Writing
Write a descriptive paragraph about a friend you have.
 
Math
Monday/Tuesday-Lesson 71 (Fractions, Decimals, Percents)
Wednesday-Lesson 72 (Area)
Thursday-Lesson 73 (Adding and Subtracting Decimals)
Friday-Lesson 74 (Units of Length)
 
Science
Monday-Read Chapter 4 Lesson 2
Tuesday-Quiz over Chapter 4 Vocabulary/Pearson Online Lab
Wednesday-Read Chapter 4 Lesson 3
Thursday-Read Chapter 4 Lesson 4
Friday-Meteoroid Lab
 
**Reminders**
-Pack a snack daily
-2nd  trimester mid-term Friday!
-Please send in donations for the Grand Event Basket
 
Have a great week, and as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood
 

Week of January 6th

Hello Parents! 
   Happy New Year to you all!!!!  I hope everyone had a fabulouse Christmas break!  It was nice to spend some good quality time with the family, but I sure missed your kiddos!  I was glad to see everyone back, well-rested, healthy, and raring to go!  We have a big week this week, so let's get started!
 
Religion
We will begin this week with a short chapter on the Christmas season and how we celebrate Mass during this time.  On Thursday we will begin Chapter 6, which focuses on the Liturgical Year.  We will continue this chapter into next week.
 
Reading/Language Arts
***Students should be Reading 15 minutes a night.  
***Students should be reading Biographies now!
Story of the Week:  Lunch Money
Reading Skill: Author's Purpose
Vocab Skill: Word Origins
Phonics Skill: Inflectional Endings
Spelling Skill: Words ending in ed and ing
Grammar Skill: Adjectives
Writing Prompt: Write a Friendly Letter telling someone about your Christmas Break
 
Math
Lesson 70: Writing Equivalent Decimals
Reteach Packet (Lessons 61-65)
Test over Lessons 61-65 (Either Thursday or Friday depending on Spelling Bee ending time)
 
Science
We are starting Chapter 4 over the Earth and Space this week!  Students will learn the vocabulary for the chapter and read lessons 1.  There will be a vocabulary quiz NEXT Tuesday.  I will send out an email with the whole chapter study guide later on this week!  
 
Reminders
*Pack a snack for your child daily
*Freddy's Fundraiser Night Tomorrow!
*DARE graduation Wednesday at 2:15 (you may want to get here a little early)
*Spelling Bee on Thursday-Go Josie and Ben!!!
*Early Dismissal on Friday
*Spirit Day on Friday
 
Have a fantastic week, and as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood
 

Week of December 16th-20th

Hello Parents!
     We are in almost there!  Just a few more days, and then we can take a breath!!!!  We have just a few more things to finish up for 2019, so here is a peek at our last week of the year!
 
Religion:
Today we reviewed Chapter 5 and will have our test on Wednesday.  Friday the children will have their Act of Faith Prayer test, but this will be a fill-in-the-blank rather than an oral test.  We will finish up Weeks 3 and 4 of our Advent Packets this week as well!  Please join us for Mass tomorrow if you are able to!
 
Reading/Language Arts
We are almost finished with the novel, The Cay!  We should be through with it by Wednesday.  There will be no test over this novel, though we will be working on an activity packet over it on Thursday and Friday.  There will be no Spelling or Writing Prompt this week,  Instead, the children will be working through a Christmas Parts of Speech packet throughout the week.  I have allotted time in class to work on this, so I really don't think the kiddos should need to work on it at home.  
 
Math:
Monday-Lesson 66: Reading a Centimeter Scale
Tuesdy-Lesson 67: Writing Tenths and Hundredths as Decimal Numbers
Wednesday-Lesson 68: Naming Decimal Numbers
Thursday-Lesson 69: Comparing and Ordering Decimal Numbers
 
Science:
Monday-Pollutants Packet
Tuesday-Pollutants Postes/Air Quality Webquest
Wednesday-Finish Webquest
Thursday-Air Quality Index Poster
 
*Reminders*
-Please Pack a Snack Daily!  Mrs. Barker brought in 2 boxes of snacks last week and I literally have 4 things left to offer tomorrow if kiddos forget!!  I don't have tinme to run to the store tonight, so if you child likes to have a snack at school, he or she needs to be responsible and REMEMBER to bring it!
-Our Mass is tomorrow and Father will also be blessing our Mary Grottos
-We will have Reconciliation on Wednesday after lunch
-Our class party is on Friday!  The room parents have really done a super job organizing!!!  We will begin the party at 1:15 and the children will be allowed to bring a pillow and blanket and may change into jammies and slippers!  
 
I think that is all for now!!!  Have super week and stay warm (and dry)!  Thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood

Week of December 9th-13th

Hello Family!  
 
Happy Monday and Happy Week 2 of Advent!  I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend.  The days just keep going quicker and quicker!  I can't believe we only have 17 more days until Christmas!  I'm so not ready!  Because both my daughters sing with the Blue Ribbon Choir, I had the opportunity to attend Mass at Saint Andrews this past Sunday, where the choir was singing.  In his homily, Father Chris spoke about how we are a society that is so used to getting what we wanted immediately.  We press a button and what we want is on our doorstep the next day.  We want information about something, all we need to do now is google it.  Almost everything is "right now".  But he reminded us that Advent is a time to let the desire and the excitement of the birth of Jesus build up.  We need to take this time to be patient, slow down, and really reflect on the meaning of Christmas.  So whether the days are flying by or not, whether the stores are starting to push the Valentine's Day merchandise onto the shelves sooner rather than later, I have decided to take time to breathe, pray, and just enjoy now.  I hope you all are able to do the same!
 
Here's a peek at what is going on in the classroom this week!
 
Religion:
We will continue our journey through our Advent packet and learn about the meaning of the 2nd Week of Advent.  We will also begin Chapter 5 in class-which continues our discussion on Baptism.  We will have a Chapter 5 Test on December 18th.  Our class will also be preparing the Mass for next week.  I will email parents to let them know which students will have what jobs as soon as it has been decided!
 
Reading/Language Arts:
Last Friday, we began readind the book, The Cay, by Thodore Taylor.  This book is set during the time of World War II, and when the Germans invade the small island of Curacao, Phillip's mother decides it is time to head back to the states.  Unfortunately, the freighter they are traveling on is torpedoed, and Phillip finds himself separated from his mother.  He is, however, floating a small raft with the cook's cat and a black man named Timothy.  While Phillip and Timothy fight to survive, Phillip learns some valuable life lessons, both about the world and the people living in it.  This is a short book.  The children will have comprehension questions every few chapters, but we will not be testing on vocabulary or giving a Unit Test over it.  
This week's skills include:
Reading Skill-Compare and Contrast
Phonics/Spelling Skills-Final Schwa Vowel + /l/ Sounds 
Vocabulary Strategy-Prefixes in, im, il, ir
Grammar Skill-Easily Confused Words
 
Writing Prompt: Persuasive Essay/The Ugliest Christmas Sweater of All
Students will bring home a blank copy of a sweater.  They will have all week to decorate the sweater.  This is due back on Friday.  They will also be working on writing a 5 paragraph essay to persuade me into to agreeing that their sweater is in fact the ugliest.  We will pre-write today, write rough drafts Tuesday, edit on Wednesday, and type on Thursday.  Friday we will vote on the ugliest sweater!
 
Math:
Monday-Lesson 65: Decimal Parts of Matter
Tuesday-Reteach Packet (56-60)
Wednesday-Cumulative 12A Test
Thursday-No class (Christmas Play)
Friday-Kahn Academy
 
Science:
We will be presenting our Biome Projects to the class on Tuesday and Wednesday.  On Thursday we will begin our Air Quality Unit, which will take us through to our Christmas break.  When we return to class in January, we will begin our Space Unit!!!
 
Reminders
-Thank you Mrs. Barker for donated snacks to the classroom!!!  We really appreciate it!  But please remind your children to pack a snack daily.
-Early Dismissal on Friday!
 
Have a fabulous week!  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, don't hesitate to email me!  And as always, thank you for sharing your children with me!
 
Sincerely,
Mandy Wood