Week of November 6th

Good Afternoon Parents!  Can you believe it is already November??  We have a full week of school this week, an early dismissal next Friday, and then 2 days of school the following week!!  Look how close Thanksgiving is!!!!  The end of the 1st Trimester is on November 17th!  We have lots to get in before then!!  Here's what's going on this week!
Tuesday we will be reviewing for our chapter 4 test, which will be given on Wednesday. For the rest of this week and next week, we will be going through a Baptism packet and working on the buttons and magnets we will be selling on December 1st.
On Tuesday we will have a quiz over Hatchet chapters 9-12 and the Section 3 vocabulary.  We will then get started on chapters 13-16, which we will be quizzed over next week!
Today we worked on Lesson 44 and we will do Lesson 45 tomorrow.  On Wednesday, there will be a Cumulative test on lessons 1-39
We began Chapter 3 today and worked on the vocabulary for the chapter.  There will be a vocabulary quiz on November 14th over these words.  Tomorrow we will take a look at our local ecosystems (weather permitting).  We'll spend the rest of the week discussing the parts of the ecosystem and how the different organisms interact with one another.
Our new word of the week is Conundrum.  Students will write a paragraph answering the age-old conundrum of what came first, the chicken or the egg?  The children should be bringing home an essay map today that will help them organize their thoughts.  This is something new, so take a look at it if you get the chance!  The Grammar skill we will be working on this week include Subordinating Conjunctions, Dependent and Independent Clauses, and Compound/Complex Sentences.  There will be a quiz over these concepts on Friday
Today, I couldn't help but notice how chatty the children were.  I am pretty tolerant with the talking, but some of my little turkeys have been getting a little out of hand.  I also noticed quite a few children getting a little overly-expressive with their opinions on homework assignments and tasks we are to be completing in class.  I have explained to the children that though I would love to hear every thought they are thinking, this classroom isn't necessarily a democracy. They will have to do the work whether they complain or not.  I was hoping you could also remind your child of this at home.
I hope all of you 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...I still love them even though they were a little crazy today!
Mandy Wood