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                   WELCOME TO MCKENZIE'S KIDS!!!
Santa's Workshop: December 10-14 (please volunteer to help if possible)
December 17th-Christmas Party: 12:45-1:15 (Remind message has been sent about the party)
December 18th- last day before holidays
Christmas Break: December 19-January 2

Making Meaning: We are focusing on Questioning/Inferring  Students are listening,discussing, and writing about this reading skill in class with books I read to them and that they are reading independently.

          Literature Circles/Book Club- students chose a partner and chose a book to read from my classroom library   Students are given time to read and answer questions daily. If students need more time to complete the questions, this is done for homework. Completed questions are checked by me each Friday and discussed in their Book Club. A grade will be taken on their questions periodically. Students are aware of this and should be answering their questions accordingly.I AM ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO ANSWER BOOK CLUB QUESTIONS IN COMPLETE SENTENCES BEGINNING NOW.


         Vocabulary: Students have 12 vocabulary cards that are made every 2 weeks. Our next test is Wednesday, December 12.  If a student loses any of their vocabulary cards it is their responsibility to copy down the definition and word from a classmate. Our current  words are- ambition, circumstances, crave, dejected, elated, labor, lend a hand, loathe, optimistic, permanent, pessimistic, temporary

Spelling: Each student has a list of words put in a page protector in their binder. This is their list of words for the year. We have 20 words and 1 bonus word for each list. Week 8 list will be tested on Wednesday, December 12. (each list will be tested every 2 weeks throughout the school year)

Grammar: Each student has a folder that is labeled 'Mountain Language Grammar'  We do grammar daily in this folder. Tests will be given periodically.

Being a Writer: Students have a writer's journal that we write in daily. We are writing and reading opinion essays. Students are learning persuasive writing in this unit. They will work on creating strong openings and clear
opinions, giving reasons to support opinions, using transitions to
connect opinions and reasons, and creating conclusions.

Social Studies: Scholastic News  is used in our classroom weekly.

        Current Event: this begins in November. The first one will be due Thursday, November 29th. The next one will be due in January. It will be due once a month after that. Each student has received instructions.Students must also bring in the article itself or a note from a parent excuse if not able to print. Thanks!