November News from Mrs. Arntzen

News from Room 11 – Mrs. Arntzen’s Room Happy

November 22, 2015

Hello Parents,

Can you believe November is almost over already? It seems like just yesterday that we started the school year! During this time of year especially, we reflect on what we are most grateful for.  Having the opportunity teach your children is one of the top of my list!

Just a few quick notes and reminders for this week:

  • Please remember to send a dish or food item with 60 small servings for your child to share at the Multi-Cultural Feast on Wednesday.
  • There will be no homework over the break.
  • No school on the Friday after Thanksgiving or the following Monday.
  • Next week, our class gets to join the fourth and fifth graders to go see the production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. There will be no chaperones or drivers needed for this trip. Watch for the permission slip and please return ASAP. Thank you!

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving break with your families! ~Mrs. Arntzen



Ewan has been learning how to solve story problems and identify the missing information. Currently he is learning to identify parallelograms.  Christopher has been working on identifying fractions and telling time to the hour and the half hour. In addition, they are both being exposed to practice of telling time that is not on the hour or half hour. We are doing a daily review of money and practicing our usage of coins and bills to pay for goods. SMART board technology has played a fun role in our practice of these skills.


We are exploring plants and animals of the woodland. Next week, we will explore life in a Rain forest and how animals get what they need.


Social Studies

Currently, we are have been learning about the origin of Thanksgiving and delving deeper into the relationship between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag, and differences in the ways in which they functioned in their daily lives.  In addition, we are learning about daily life for the passengers of the Mayflower, and what trials and successes they experienced once arriving at Plymouth Rock.amulet

Language Arts

In both the Read Well and Spotlight curriculum, we continue to practice the skill of decoding, comprehension, accuracy and fluency building. They boys have impressed me with how hard they are working in these areas! We have also enjoyed the added element of technology to enjoy reading Amulet using the document camera. The boys take turns reading various parts of the story and I have noticed them getting into “character” as they read. Thank you, Monica, for sending this to school with Christopher. We are enjoying it!  I want to continue to challenge them in the area of writing by encouraging them to “tell me more” using their words on paper. This can sometimes be a challenge but, with gentle encouragement, I know they can do it!

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