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Room 12 News – November 23, 2014

Good Afternoon!

Now that the wild weather is over, we are getting back to “normal.”  Last week we were busy wrapping up our first trimester projects (realistic fiction stories and Chinook books).   Next week, we begin our second trimester!
Progress Reports:  Our intermediate team has been working on revising the reports to help parents have a clear picture of their child’s progress.  Reporting areas will be in the areas of reading, writing, math, word study, keyboarding, work habits, and Gorge Studies.  The progress reports will have scores along with narrative reporting about each student.  Progress reports will be sent home Wednesday, December 2, 2014.
Gorge Studies – Our studies will now take up to the early 1800s.  Here we will meet the people responsible for securing the Louisiana Territory which leds to westward expansion.  The past two weeks we learned about Napolean Bonoparte, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston and James Monroe.  All of these people played a part in America purchasing the Louisiana for a bargain price of $15 million!  We then thought about what kind of people and what kind of skills would be needed to go on a two-year journey to unknown places.  Next week will take a closer look at William Clark and Meriwether Lewis.
Reading – This week we will be moving from selecting books that are just right for us and improving our stamina, to summarizing what they have read.  Being able to retell who is in the story, where it takes place, and when the story is happening is basic comprehension.  We will also be adding what and how things are happening and the reasons why things are happening to our summaries.  We will use mentor texts to help mold how to retell and then children will begin using their own books that they are reading.
Writing – We will be moving to writing informational pieces this trimester.  The unit will have students review informational writing through mentor text and then move onto a project of writing research reports.
Word Study – For the end of the trimester students were reassessed to ensure their placement.  We will then continue with word sorts and practice of word patterns.  Students will also continue with high frequency words.  There are some kids that have successfully completed all 300 words.  These students will be given five vocabulary words weekly to look up and spell correctly.
Keyboarding – We are ramping up our practice in this area.  Kids are practicing keyboarding twice each week for 15 minutes.  Extra practice at home will beneficial.  Students can go to: typingweb.com
Book Fair:  Our PTA is sponsoring a Scholastic Book Fair beginning on December 8 – 11.  If you can help be volunteering please use the following link to sign up:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c48ada62fa0fb6-2014
Snacks:  Our intermediate students do not eat lunch until 1 pm each day.  They are usually STARVING by noon.  I have been providing Goldfish crackers most days, but I am finding that this is getting a bit expensive for me.  Anyone wishing to help out by donating a box, please feel free to send them to school!  The kids love them and it helps many of them get through until lunch.  Thanks!
Important dates to remember:
Thursday, November 27 – NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday, December 18 – Last day before Winter Break
Monday, January 5 – Welcome Back from Winter Break
Michelle Dawkins About Michelle Dawkins

My husband and I have lived in Corbett since 1983 and I have taught at Corbett Grade School since 1994. Chris and I loved having our children grow up in the community of Corbett. They both received a great education and made many life long friends while attending school here. Both Steph and Joe graduated from Corbett. Joe is a graduate of Oregon State University and Steph has graduated from Linfield College and completed her MBA at University of Tennessee. Chris and I are extremely proud of our children! Both are enjoying life and share our love of nature.

"If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." ~Rachel Carson