Based on a true story, Island of the Blue Dolphins is a time-honored tale that shares the life of Karana, a young Native American girl stranded alone on an island for 18 years. It is written in a poetic, narrative style and is centered around the events that took place on a real island off the coast of California first settled by Native Americans in ~2,000 B.C. As with many great stories, we will also have the chance to view the movie to compare and contrast different versions of Karana’s tale. For more information about Scott O’Dell or the story itself, please visit the following links!
Island of the Blue Dolphins (Common Sense Media)
Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scholastic)
Gooey gum drop buttons! Each time you get a multiplication fact correct, another piece of the holiday scene is revealed! When you complete the level, you get to build your own holiday picture! Now that we know our multiplication facts, this is easy as pie. Be sure to always click on 0-9!
Today, we listened to the song “Water and Land” to help us remember the names of the continents and oceans on our planet. Please practice the song often! There are LYRICS HERE & AUDIO HERE. In order to help solidify the locations and shapes of each of these places, please use the fun review below!
* Blank World Map (printable at-home practice)
* Name the Continents, Continents and Oceans, Test Your Geography Knowledge
* Continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica, North America, and South America. Oceans: Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Southern.
Thank you to all the parents who have signed up for our Seesaw e-portfolios! I look forward to the communication you will have with your child, and the opportunity to share school-day successes! I know that this will become an amazing resource for us this year!
If you have not yet signed up, please see the flyer sent home, or send me an e-mail for another copy. It is well-worth your time!!!
Beginning on December 1st, our school will collect food items for needy families. The food will be donated to Sacred Heart Food Closet to prepare food baskets. Sacred Heart Food Closet is most in need of peanut butter, canned fruit, canned tuna, corn muffin mix, canned soup, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, pasta noodles, canned vegetables, powdered milk, pinto or other dried beans, bags of rice, etc. We will collect these items until Thursday, December 17th. When a child brings in an item, they will be given a paper ornament to decorate and place on our giving tree at the front of our school hallway! Thank you for all your help! If you have any questions, please contact our principal, Mrs. Allen. Remember, every food item helps ensure that one child or adult in our community will not go to bed hungry!
Grandparents Day will take place on Tuesday, November 24th starting at 9:00 AM. From 9:00-9:20, there will be refreshments and a special performance in the cafeteria. Fourth and fifth grade rooms will be open from 9:20-10:00. Our monthly awards assembly will take place after recess, from 10:20-11:00. Please remember to refrain from bringing younger siblings or other family members to the event. Thank you and see you soon! P.S. Make sure you know those multiplication facts.
An online conference sign-up form is now available through Sign-Up Genius. PLEASE CLICK HERE. The form will be available until 6:00 PM on Sunday, November 15th. If a time slot has not been chosen by then, I will assign an available slot and send home a paper notice.
If any changes need to be made after slips have been sent home, please let me know as soon as possible. Conference reminders will also be sent out a few days before your scheduled conference. Please take a moment to note any questions or concerns you may have. See you soon!
Please remember that parent and student homework helpers are posted on Twitter regularly. For a direct feed of only posts tagged with #Room36Homework, please CLICK HERE. The night’s homework is always listed, as well as Math News newsletters, Problem Sets for EngageNY, and video links and games for review and help!