We're continuing our work with coding today! I tested out today's activity and my light show will go LIVE on the Michigan Christmas tree outside the White at 4:03 pm TODAY! Check out what my tree will look like:
Christmas is quickly approaching and the plans have been made for our class Christmas party! The party will be held on December 19th in our classroom. The party will be from 1:00-2:00 (tentatively) and parents are welcome to attend! The students have signed up to bring the party supplies, but if you cannot bring what your child signed up for, please let me know.
The students will also be taking part in a gift exchange. Rather than buying gifts, your child will need to MAKE a gift for a child of the same gender, so girls will make a gift for a girl and boys will make a gift for a boy. The students will not know who will get the gift, so please remind them not to personalize the gifts with another student’s name. The students can wrap their gifts and bring them in any time before the 19th.
Book orders are going home today!! Below is a copy of the note that was sent home with your student today.
Books make GREAT Christmas gifts! By ordering from the book order, you are not only doing some easy shopping, but you are also helping our class! I have attached a free book coupon to use with your order, meaning you can order even more books! The coupon can be turned into me with your order, or can be used online with the code printed on the coupon.
This month’s book order is due on Wednesday, December 10. It is a little sooner than usual, but I wanted to make sure that the books arrive before Christmas break. If you would like for the books to be gifts, please let me know and I will set them aside until you can pick them up. You can order online at scholastic.com with the classroom code L49RZ.
Other quick notes:
I’ve kind of changed how I’m going to be doing social studies for the 4th grade. I had originally planned to go through the regions first, then move on to economics and government. Now, however, I think I am going to spend the whole year on the regions and tie in the economics and government as we go along. I think it will help the students have a better understanding of the regions since we can spend more time on each one, and it will also give them more time to study the government and economics of each specific region. Even though we are spacing out the regions more than I had originally planned, we’ll still be doing the states and capitals tests. That way the students will already be familiar with the states and capitals of the specific region when we get there in class. That means the students will get their next set of states and capitals next Monday (11/17) for homework and they will be tested the following Monday (11/24). I think this makes a little more sense and will allow us to learn more deeply about each region, rather than skimming over each one like we would have been doing.
Several of our hockey players were shown on the news! Check it out!
Thank you to all of those who showed up for conferences this week. It is so nice to get to see everyone and get a feel for how they think the school year is going. It was a short week, so it wasn't the *most* productive, but we did get a few things accomplished.
ALL A Honor Roll
B Honor Roll
It was another busy weekend in the Erickson household, so this week's wrap-up will be short and sweet. Hopefully you all had a great Halloween and have made it through the time change.
Last week was a CRAZY week for the third and fourth graders - between preparing for mass, having guest speakers, Mystery Skyping, and Halloween, it is hard to believe anything actually got accomplished!
I hope you'll all forgive me, but this week's wrap-up is going to be short and sweet. The weather this weekend was just too pretty to stay inside and work, so I'm going to give you some highlights.