Weekly Update for November 9-13


Weekly Update
November 9­-13
Please send a roll of toilet paper to school with your child by Friday, Nov. 13 so that we can
have our “mummy wrap” activity on Egypt Day. We are also asking each child to bring in a small portion of salt dough to write like the Egyptians and Mesopotamians did on clay tablets. Look for a baggie with the recipe attached to come home this week. Thank you!

● November 11: No School ­­ Veterans Day
● November 13: Early World Civilizations Test
● November 16: 1st Tri­Semester ends
● November 16: Egypt Day
● November 20: Religion Project Due
● November 25-­29: Thanksgiving Break

Spelling Words​:
Tricky Word: why

This week, we will continue Unit 3 in our Skills Strand. We will be introducing several new
sounds, tricky words and writing skills in this unit. The students will be introduced to five
additional vowel sounds:
● /oo/ as in “soon”
● /oo/ as in “look”
● /ou/ as in “shout”
● /oi/ as in “oil”
● /aw/ as in “paw”

In Grammar, this unit will focus on verb identification and verb tense. Students will practice
identifying whether a verb represents an action that is happening in the present or one that
happened in the past.
Students will continue to write and edit their own stories. Our reader, Fables, is comprised of
decodable versions of famous fables, most of which are originally attributable to Aesop. As
students have previously learned, fables are special types of stories that teach important
lessons or morals. Fables also often feature talking animals as main characters. Personification
is the literary device used to give animals (in this case) human attributes:­ walking on two legs,
talking, etc.
The sound that we will focus on this week is the “oo” vowel sound. This is a tricky sound
because it can be pronounced /oo/ as in boo, moon and root. Or, it can be pronounced /oo/ as
in book, hook, and hood. We will listen closely to how we pronounce and learn that /oo/ as in
book is the most likely pronunciation. We will also introduce the /ou/ sound as in shout. We will
focus on words that have this sound at the beginning of the word (ouch, out, owl), the middle
(shout, loud, round) and at the end (how, now, cow).

This week in math, students will learn how to add and subtract numbers within 20 by making a
group of 10 first. We will first use pictures to demonstrate this method to students. With
subtraction, we will teach students to group the objects into tens and ones before subtracting.
Then, they can count the remaining objects to find the answer.
We will also continue to review counting on or counting back when adding or subtracting 1,2, or
3. Once students are familiar with the number sequences within 20, they should be able to
count on or back with ease.
We will also continue with our +8 addition facts.

Listening and Learning
We will continue our study of Early World Civilizations. Our Egypt Day Activity has been
scheduled for November 16th. Also, students may choose to dress as an Egyptian on that day.  Students should know the following concepts from our study of Mesopotamia:
● The importance of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers
● The development of cuneiform as the earliest ­known form of writing
● The first codification of laws known as the Code of Hammurabi
● The significance of gods and goddesses in the “cradle of civilization”

As we continue our study of Egypt, students will compare and contrast these two amazing ancient
civilizations. The focus of our lessons for Egypt will be as follows:
● Learn about the importance of the Nile River
● How ancient Egyptians used hieroglyphs
● The rise of the pharaohs (specifically Tutankhamun and Hatshepsut)
● The building of the Sphinx and pyramids
● The significance of mummification
● The afterlife for ancient Egyptians